PKK terrorists surrender in Turkey’s southeast

Turkish General Staff announces 20 PKK terrorists have surrendered in several provinces of Turkey’s southeast

Turkish General Staff has announced that a total of 20 PKK terrorists surrendered in Turkey’s southeast provinces of Bingol, Hakkari and Sirnak on Tuesday.

Issuing a statement on its website, the Turkish army said the militants surrendered without their guns.

Additionally, Turkish security forces killed a PKK terrorist in a clash between security forces and militants in Turkey’s southeastern Igdir province on Tuesday.

The militant group blocked the Igdir highway and hijacked 10 vehicles following the clash with security forces.

In another incident in Igdir, five PKK terrorists were killed by security forces on Tuesday.

The security forces stated that they went to Igdir-Dogubeyazit highway following a report of militants being at the highway which resulted in traffic and delays on the highway.

The security forces and militant group clashed and five militants were killed in the clash.

In Mardin, the provincial governorate announced that a PKK terrorist was killed in a militant attack targeting the government building in Nusaybin district on Tuesday.

A police officer was also wounded in the incident, as PKK terrorists targeted the government building with rocket propelled grenades as well as rocket launchers.

Security forces started a detailed investigation following the incident, officials stated.

Meanwhile, two PKK terrorists surrendered to security forces in Kiziltepe district of Mardin on Tuesday.

PKK is an armed militant group that has been carrying out terror attacks mostly in southeastern Turkey, since the early 1980s.

The militant group has claimed more than 40,000 lives during 30 years of armed conflict with the Turkish government.

In early 2013, Turkey launched a “Peace Process” to end years of armed conflict with the PKK and build reforms regarding the constitution. However, the PKK decided to end the cease fire on July 11, 2015 using the construction of dams in southeastern Turkey as an excuse.

Turkish security forces carried out counter-terror operations

Security forces conducted counter-terror operations to addresses allegedly belonging to militant group in the Kucukcekmece district of Istanbul on Wednesday.

An unspecified number of suspects were detained in the operations assisted by ground and air forces.

Additionally, 13 suspects were detained in the operations carried out against ISIS on Wednesday.

The counter-terrorisim branch of the Ankara police station has also started an Ankara based counter-terror operation in different provinces: Kirikkale, Istanbul and Hatay.

Both PKK and ISIS are listed as terrorist organisations by Turkey, NATO, the US and the EU.

TRTWorld and agencies