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Turkey nabs 9 suspects in attempted border crossing

Among suspects, 1 identified as YPG/PKK terrorist, says National Defense Ministry

Merve Berker   | 06.06.2021
Turkey nabs 9 suspects in attempted border crossing

ANKARA

Turkish security forces nabbed an alleged YPG/PKK terrorist along with eight other suspects trying to cross into the country from the borders with Syria and Iraq, the National Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

The ministry said on Twitter: "Nine people trying to enter our country from Syria and Iraq were captured by our border troops. One of the captured individuals was identified as a PKK/YPG terrorist."

"Our fight against illegal crossings on our borders continues," the statement added.

In its more than 35-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 at least 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is its Syrian offshoot.​​​​​​​

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