Turkey 'neutralizes' 4 terrorists in southeast
One senior terrorist among those neutralized, says Turkish Interior Ministry
Turkish security forces “neutralized” four terrorists, including a senior one, in the southeastern provinces of Hakkari and Diyarbakir, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.
In a statement, the ministry said that two terrorists were neutralized in an air-backed joint operation by forces of the Hakkari and Van gendarmerie.
Another terrorist, Ekrem Iptas, codenamed Seyit Batman, was neutralized in an air-backed operation in rural areas of Diyarbakir’s Lice district.
Iptas was wanted with a bounty of up to 1 million Turkish liras (roughly $150,000), added the statement.
Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralize" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.
Another terrorist was neutralized in an air-backed operation of gendarmerie forces in the southeastern Siirt province, the Interior Ministry said in a separate statement.
No affiliation was given for the terrorists, but Turkey’s southeast has long seen attacks by the terrorist PKK
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the US and EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.