17 PKK terrorists killed in N. Iraq, SE Turkey

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At least 17 PKK terrorists were killed Saturday in counter-terrorism operations in northern Iraq, and eastern and southeastern provinces of Turkey, officials said.

According to a statement issued by the Turkish General Staff, Turkish security forces used drones to target PKK terrorists in northern Iraq’s Nirva Seytu mountain region, killing two terrorists.

Meanwhile, two Turkish soldiers were seriously injured by makeshift explosives planted in the same area. The injured soldiers were taken to Hakkari State Hospital.

In a separate air-backed security operation in Turkey’s southeastern Hakkari province, 11 PKK terrorists were killed by security forces, a military source said.

Two Turkish soldiers were martyred and seven others injured by makeshift explosives in Cukurca district, the source added, speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

Separately, three more terrorists were killed during an operation in a rural area of eastern Erzurum province, according to the governor’s office.

One Turkish soldier, who was seriously injured in the operation, later succumbed to his wounds in hospital, a statement said.

In southeastern Siirt province, six PKK terrorists surrendered to security forces during an operation, the governor’s office said, adding another terrorist was killed.

More than 1,200 people, including security force personnel and civilians, have lost their lives since the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU — resumed its decades-old armed campaign in July 2015.




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