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SE Turkey attacks leave policeman martyred, 16 PKK dead

Five separate incidents in Mardin, Sirnak and Hakkari also resulted in injuries to policemen and capture of PKK terrorists

SE Turkey attacks leave policeman martyred, 16 PKK dead

By Omer Urer and Aylin Sirikli

MARDIN, Turkey

A policeman was martyred and 16 PKK terrorists were killed in five separate incidents in southeast Turkey since Saturday, security sources and Turkish military said Sunday.

A police officer was martyred and three other policemen were injured in a PKK roadside bomb attack in southeastern Mardin province Sunday, according to unnamed security sources.

The security sources spoke on condition of anonymity because of restrictions on talking to media.

The injured officers were transferred to the Nusaybin State Hospital.

Meanwhile, security forces neutralized 15 PKK terrorists in separate ongoing operations in southeastern provinces of Mardin, Sirnak and Hakkari Saturday, Turkish military announced in a statement Sunday.

Seven PKK terrorists were neutralized in Mardin province’s Nusaybin district Saturday, bringing the terrorist death toll in the district at 244 since operations there began, according to the statement.

Also, two other PKK terrorists surrendered to security forces, while eight Improvised Explosive Devices were destroyed, it said.

Four other terrorists were killed in Sirnak province Saturday, according to the statement, putting the number of PKK terrorists killed there at 212.

The statement also said a terrorist surrendered in the province, while nine IEDs were destroyed.

Three PKK terrorists were killed in Hakkari province's Yuksekova district, bringing the number of terrorists killed in there to 177, the statement said.

The statement added that 11 IEDs were destroyed.

Also, two PKK terrorists were neutralized in Sirnak province's Aslanbaser Village, while one RPG-7 bazooka was seized and an IED was also destroyed.

Moreover, two PKK terrorists surrendered to security forces in operations in Sirnak's Silopi town.

*Anadolu Agency's Hatice Kesgin and Fatma Bulbul contributed to this report from Ankara

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