PKK terrorists on wanted list killed in eastern Turkey
Fuat Akkaya, Zeynal Kucuk among 5 terrorists killed in operation, another 8 killed during airstrikes in Tunceli province
By Haydar Toprakci
At least 13 PKK terrorists, including two on a wanted list have been killed during counter-terrorism operations, according to the regional governor's office Monday.
In a statement, the Tunceli Governor's Office said Fuat Akkaya, codenamed Fuat Fikri, was identified among five terrorists killed during operations conducted in Ovacik district in eastern Tunceli province on May 18.
Zeynal Kucuk, codenamed Sevger, was the other PKK terrorist on the wanted list, who was also killed in Tunceli.
Akkaya and Kucuk were mentioned in the grey category of the Interior Ministry's list of wanted terrorists.
The wanted list is divided into five color-coded categories, with red as the most wanted, followed by blue, green, orange and grey.
Moreover, the Tunceli Governor's Office said in another statement that eight terrorists were "neutralized" in the rural area of the central district of Tunceli during an air operation.
Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.
The statement added operations in the region remain ongoing.
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 death of some 40,000 people, including those of women and children.