Over 20 PKK Militants Killed in Clashes in Turkey’s Southeast – Official
Over 20 PKK Militants Killed in Clashes in Turkey’s Southeast – Official © AP Photo/ Cagdas Erdogan
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Twenty four Kurdistan Workers’ Party militants were killed in over 24 hours in clashes with the Turkish army in the country’s southeast.
ANKARA (Sputnik) — A total of 24 militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were killed in over 24 hours in clashes with the Turkish army in the country’s southeast, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement Friday.
“Over 24 hours, 12 members of separatist terrorist organization [PKK] were killed in Sirnak [province], ten in [the city of] Nusaybin [on the Syrian border] and two in [the southeaster city of] Yuksekova,” the statement reads.
According to the general staff, homemade bombs, explosives, hand grenades, grenade launchers, machine guns and a large amount of ammunition were seized from the militants.
On Sunday, Turkey’s Interior Minister Efkan Ala announced a round-the-clock curfew across seven southeastern regions.
The standoff between the Turkish government and PKK has claimed the lives of 300 troops and police officers since it erupted anew in July 2015. The Turkish general staff estimates over 1,000 Kurdish militants were killed in its anti-terror campaign since mid-December, a figure that pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) officials argue includes hundreds of civilians.