1,143 PKK terrorists surrender to security forces

A total 1,143 PKK terrorists have laid down their arms and surrendered to Turkish security forces since 2013

Ersin Çelik
Ersin Çelik
11:37 . 26/01/2016 Salı
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According to a statement published by the Şırnak provincial governorate, six more members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) surrendered to security forces in the southeastern Turkish city of Şırnak.

This brings the total number of members of the outlawed PKK and KCK who surrendered between March 21, 2013 and January 25, 2016 in Şırnak to 1,143.

The Turkish government launched a reconciliation process in late 2012 to end the 31-year-long conflict with PKK, in which 40,000 people have been killed, mostly in southeastern Turkey. After more than two years of truce, the PKK broke the ceasefire and resumed its terrorist activities this summer.

Security forces also launched wide range anti-PKK operations inside Turkey and northern Iraq, and demolished most of the storage depots, barracks, caves, and shelters used by the militants.

Many mountainous areas used as PKK strongholds have been purged in military operations backed by airstrikes since July 22 this year.

During this period, more than 3,000 militants were reportedly killed and hundreds more surrendered to Turkish authorities, while hundreds of security officers were martyred in the operations.

The PKK, which is considered a terrorist group by Turkey and much of the international community, including the United States and the European Union, has been involved in a separatist struggle with Turkey since the early 1980s.

Turkey blames the group for the deaths of thousands of people.

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