Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) have neutralized 31 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists in southeastern Turkey, as part of the ongoing operations against the terror organization in the region, according to an official statement by the Turkish interior ministry.
A total of 19 PKK terrorists were neutralized in operations carried out in rural Şemdinli, while the rest were neutralized in the Tunceli’s Nazımiye district and Şırnak, in southeastern Turkey.
The operation is still ongoing.
Six soldiers of the Turkish army and two village guards were martyred earlier on Thursday following clashes with PKK terrorists in the southeastern province of Hakkari.
Clashes erupted when PKK terrorists attempted to infiltrate rural Derecik from across the border in Iraq. Five terrorists were killed in the operation.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.
The PKK has been conducting armed violence in the southeastern part of Turkey since 1984. More than 40,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the three-decade long conflict.
Turkish forces kill 152 PKK terrorists in October
Turkish security forces killed 152 PKK terrorists and destroyed 129 hideouts of the organization, in a series of counter-terrorism operations across Turkey and northern Iraq in the month of October.According to information gathered by Anadolu Agency, operations were conducted in southeastern and eastern provinces of Hakkari, Sirnak, Siirt, Diyarbakir, Tunceli, Erzurum and northern Iraq region.The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU -- resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015. Since then, it has been responsible for the deaths of more than 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians.PKK/PYD terrorists continue to use children in terror attacksDuring the operations, 129 bunkers including weapon emplacements, shelters, caves and storages were destroyed to prevent the winter deployment of the terrorists in the region.The security forces also seized a number of weapons, ammunition and equipment, including 120 improvised explosives, 113 hand grenades and 93 infantry rifles.Additionally, a total of 183 PKK terrorists were arrested. One of the arrested terrorists was in-charge of the organization in Agri region.US-PKK alliance slaughters 23,000 in Mosul, RaqqaTerrorist attacksA total of 14 security personnel were martyred, while 38 security personnel and three civilians wounded in separate attacks the terror organization carried out in October.One soldier and a security guard were martyred in an attack by the terrorists in the southeastern province of Sirnak on Oct.1.Four Turkish soldiers were martyred and four others injured in an attack by PKK terrorists in the southeastern province of Hakkari on Oct. 4.Three Turkish security guards were martyred by the terrorists in southeastern Diyarbakir province in Oct. 7.Seven Turkish troops were injured on Oct.14 in an attack by PKK terrorists in the southeastern province of Siirt, when the terrorists detonated a roadside bomb as a military vehicle was passing by in the Sirvan district’s Ucyol region.On Oct. 16, two Turkish soldiers were martyred and three others injured in an operation in northern Iraq when the PKK terrorists detonated improvised explosives.At least 12 policemen were wounded in a bomb attack targeting a police vehicle in Turkey's southern Mersin city on Oct. 17.On Oct. 22, one Turkish soldier was martyred and two others slightly wounded during a counter-terrorism operation in the eastern province of Van.
Turkish forces arrest 16 PKK terrorists
Turkish security forces on Monday arrested 16 PKK terrorists in different parts of the country, a statement and security officials said.Five PKK terrorists surrendered to Turkish forces in southeastern Şırnak province after they fled their shelters across the border in northern Iraq, according to a statement by Turkish General Staff.In southern Adana province on Monday, at least nine PKK terrorists were arrested in a counter-terrorism operation, a security official, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to the media.Among the suspects, three of them were under 18 years of age, the official said. They were sent to the court under charges of "making terror propaganda on social media" and "attending illegal demonstrations."In a separate operation in south-central Adıyaman province, police arrested two PKK-linked suspects. A number of organizational documents were also seized.The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU -- resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015. Since then, it has been responsible for the deaths of more than 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians.Iraqi MPs call for expulsion of PKK with Turkey's helpThree Daesh terrorists captured in SE TurkeyTurkey neutralizes 44 PKK terrorists in the last week
Eight martyred in PKK attack in SE Turkey
Six Turkish Army soldiers and two village guards were martyred on Thursday following clashes with Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists in the southeastern province of Hakkari, in the context of the ongoing operation against the organization in the region.Clashes erupted when PKK terrorists attempted to infiltrate rural Derecik from across the border in Iraq.Six Turkish Army soldiers, including a sergeant, are among those martyred, while four PKK terrorists were neutralized in the aftermath of the operation.Back-up aerial operations are ongoing in the region.Turkey neutralizes 44 PKK terrorists in the last weekTurkish forces kill 152 PKK terrorists in October