Seven PKK terrorists surrender in Turkey’s southeast

Turkish Armed Forces announce seven PKK terrorists surrendered in Turkey’s eastern province of Sirnak

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) announced on Friday that seven militants of the outlawed PKK surrendered in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak.

The TAF released a statement on its website, saying “Seven separatist terror organisation members have surrendered in Sirnak without guns and equipment,” the TAF said on its website

Meanwhile, the TAF said a group of PKK terrorists have fired double shot mortar shell and anti aircraft gun at Daglica military base. Following the attack, the assailants had stopped fire as Turkish soldiers fired back.

“There were no casualties or damage in the assault,” the TAF announced.

The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO and the EU. The conflict has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people and injured thousands.

One of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) leaders Murat Karayilan said on May 24 the PKK had decided to ceasefire until the end of the June 7 general elections.

The KCK is an umbrella organisation which brings all of the members and activities of the PKK.

Imprisoned PKK leader and its founder Abdullah Ocalan made a call to withdraw all armed PKK members from Turkish lands and put an end to the armed conflict at the 2013 Newroz celebrations, a festival that the Kurdish population of Turkey see as an important traditional event.

Despite the disarmament call of the PKK leader, the militants continue to carry out their attacks in Turkey.

TRTWorld and agencies