Four terrorists from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were killed on Sunday during a police raid on a house used by the militants in the Viranşehir district of Şanlıurfa in southeastern Turkey.
Police teams raided the house upon receiving a tip that a group of PKK terrorists who are based in the terror organization’s mountain camps had arrived in Viranşehir.
Police teams from the special forces unit conducted a raid on a house in the Demirci neighborhood. The operation was supported from the air by helicopters.
When the PKK terrorists failed to obey police calls to surrender and opened fire, a clash erupted that resulted in the death of four terrorists, two of whom were women.
Turkish authorities had conducted direct talks with jailed PKK chief Abdullah Öcalan for several years until a truce in effect collapsed in the summer of 2015. Since then, there have been heavy clashes between the PKK and Turkish security forces.
More than 40,000 people, including 5,500 security force members, have been killed in four decades of fighting between the Turkish state and the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.