Riza Altun – top aide to PKK leader Cemil Bayik – was critically wounded in a March 21 joint operation between Turkey's military and intelligence agency that targeted the terrorist group in the Qandil mountains, near Iraq's border with Iran.
In a joint operation, Turkish army and intelligence units last week hit several senior targets at the terrorist PKK’s base near Mt Qandil, northern Iraq, security sources said on Wednesday.
The operation last Thursday was ordered in light of intelligence that Riza Altun, top aide to PKK co-leader Cemil Bayik, and other senior terrorists were set to hold a meeting on Qandil, near the Iranian border, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
Using precise coordinates supplied by Turkish intelligence, the strikes by Turkish jets seriously injured Altun.
According to the Daily Sabah, Altun was travelling to Abu Bakra village when the air raid was conducted.
The operation also neutralised several top terrorist PKK targets, including its so-called foreign relations officer Mikail Ozdemir alias "Navdar," spokesman Emrullah Dursun alias "Serhat Varto," and Qandil regional manager Ali Aktas alias"Sinan Sor."
Turkish Presidency Communications Director Fahrettin Altun commented on the successful operation in a tweet.
"We dealt another heavy blow to PKK."
"Riza Altun, introduced as "PKK's foreign minister" in Saudi Arabia's Okaz newspaper in 2017, and the ones with him have been hit in a successful air strike by our security forces."
PKK’ya ağır bir darbe daha indirdik.— Fahrettin Altun (@fahrettinaltun) March 27, 2019
Suudi Arabistan’ın Okaz gazetesinin 2017’de “PKK’nın dışişleri bakanı” diye takdim ettiği PKK’lı terörist Rıza Altun ve beraberindekiler güvenlik güçlerimizin başarılı hava harekatıyla vuruldu.
Devletimiz terörle mücadelede destan yazıyor. pic.twitter.com/PuxwoxrdLS
The Turkish military generally uses the term "neutralise" to signify that the targets were killed, captured, surrendered or rendered incapacitated.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including many women and children.
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