Turkish security forces took 16 suspects, including three French nationals, into custody following an operation targeting the aiding and abetting of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists on Thursday.
The suspects were captured in the Beytüşşebap district of Şırnak in southeastern Turkey.
The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the 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, including women and children.
Over 45 PKK terror suspects arrested in Turkey
At least 46 PKK-linked terror suspects were arrested in anti-terror operations in Turkey, security sources said on Thursday.In the eastern Siirt-based anti-terror operations, 40 people were held for allegedly aiding and abetting the PKK terror group in five different provinces, a source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.Separately, at least six suspected members of the PKK terrorist group were arrested in Istanbul, another source said.PKK terrorist on most wanted list killed in east TurkeyArms and ammunition, and considerable amount of digital material were seized in the operation, it added.The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the 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, including women and children.Security forces 'neutralize' 5 terrorists in eastern Turkey
PKK terrorist on most wanted list killed in east Turkey
One of 10 terrorists "neutralized" in Turkey’s eastern Bitlis province last month was Sefer Acar, who was responsible for the martyring of 15 Turkish soldiers in 1998, the Interior Ministry announced on Thursday.“Neutralized” is a term used by Turkish authorities to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.Acar, also known as Welat Gever, was on Turkey’s terrorist wanted list, in the red category, the most wanted category.On June 28, gendarmerie forces conducted a counter-terror operation in the village of Kocyigit in the Bitlis province, where the PKK/KCK's so-called “Garzan province” head Acar was neutralized, said a ministry statement.Acar was the perpetrator of a PKK attack in northern Iraq against a gendarmerie helicopter which martyred 15 Turkish soldiers.On Acar’s person, security units found a Turkish bank note dated 1998 with a note saying "Money from helicopter pilot downed in Herko 11-27-1998." The terrorist had kept the “souvenir” of his deadly attack for 20 years.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women and children.Security forces 'neutralize' 5 terrorists in eastern Turkey
Security forces 'neutralize' 5 terrorists in eastern Turkey
Security forces neutralized five Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists in eastern Turkey's Bitlis province, the Interior Ministry said on Monday, adding that operations in the region were ongoing.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.Security forces neutralize 18 terrorists in SE Turkey