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Nearly 600 PKK killed in Turkish anti-terror operations

Military says operations in southeastern towns have destroyed hundreds of improvised bombs

12.01.2016
Nearly 600 PKK killed in Turkish anti-terror operations

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DIYARBAKIR, Turkey

Turkish security forces have killed nearly 600 PKK terrorists since counter-terror operations were launched across the southeast last month, the military said Tuesday.

The Turkish General Staff and the office of Diyarbakir province’s governor said 578 PKK terrorists had been killed since Dec. 15 in five districts in the provinces of Diyarbakir, Sirnak and Mardin.

Operations have been completed in Nusaybin and Dargecit in Mardin province and are ongoing in Diyarbakir’s Sur district as well as Cizre and Silopi in Sirnak.

Sur, a historic area of the region’s largest province Diyarbakir, has been under military curfew since Dec. 2, effectively sealing off the district. The security forces’ operations have resulted in the deaths of 91 terrorists while more than 50 barricades and ditches have been removed.

Terrorist organization PKK erects such barriers to impede the security forces.

In Silopi and Cizre, 387 PKK terrorists were killed, according to the military, and more than 500 barriers removed. More than 900 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were destroyed.

The military said operations in Silopi would end soon.

In Nusaybin and Dargecit, 100 terrorists were killed and around 100 ditches and barricades removed. Security forces destroyed 43 IEDs.

The PKK - considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and EU - resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in late July.

Since then, more than 200 members of the security forces have been martyred and thousands of PKK terrorists killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq.

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