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5 PKK terrorists surrender in Turkey, raising total this year to 151

Terrorists laid down arms through persuasion efforts of Turkish security forces

Merve Aydogan   | 19.09.2021
5 PKK terrorists surrender in Turkey, raising total this year to 151

ANKARA

Five more PKK terrorists surrendered to Turkish security forces as a result of persuasion efforts, the Interior Ministry announced on Sunday.

In a statement, the ministry said the terrorists joined the PKK during 1999-2016 and were active in Iraq and Syria.

With the latest additions, the number of terrorists who have laid down their arms through persuasion efforts this year now stands at 151, it added.

In Turkey, offenders linked to terrorist groups who surrender are eligible for possible sentence reductions under a repentance law.

According to Turkish officials, in recent years the terrorist PKK – battered and demoralized by Turkish security forces’ successful operations – has been hemorrhaging members and failing to attract new ones.

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and EU – has been responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

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