TEHRAN (defapress) – Turkish security forces have killed 99 Kurdish militants, including a high-ranking one, in operations in southeast Turkey over the last two weeks, the armed forces said on Saturday.
News ID: 65880
Publish Date: 09September 2017 - 17:40
Security forces targeted outposts and caves used by the
militants for shelter and storage in the southeastern provinces of Sirnak and
Hakkari, near the Iraqi border, the military said in a statement.
"Ninety-nine terrorists have been neutralized. One is in the
so-called leading ranks,” it said, Reuters reported.
The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has waged a more
than three-decade insurgency against the state.
The PKK, which seeks autonomy for the largely Kurdish
southeast, has bases in the mountains on both sides of the Turkey-Iraq border
and is frequently targeted by Turkish security forces.
The operations, which were carried out between Aug. 24 and
Sept. 7, led to the seizure of 420 kg (925 lbs) of ammonium nitrate, used to
make explosives, as well as bombs, guns and rifles, the military said.