Turkey

3 PKK terrorists surrender to Turkish security forces

171 terrorists have laid down their arms so far this year, says Interior Ministry

Omer Olcay   | 29.09.2020
3 PKK terrorists surrender to Turkish security forces

ANKARA

Turkey convinced three more PKK terrorists to surrender to security forces, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday.

The terrorists laid down their arms in Mardin province as a result of persuasion efforts by the Istanbul, Mardin and Diyarbakir Provincial Gendarmerie Commands to prevent terror activities of the PKK/KCK-PYD/YPG terrorist organization, it said in a statement.

According to the statement, one of the terrorists joined the terror group in 2015 and was last active in Syria.

With the latest additions, the number of terrorists who have given up fighting through persuasion in 2020 has risen to 171.

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 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the PKK's Syrian offshoot.


*Writing by Burak Dag and Jeyhun Aliyev

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