The Turkish Interior Ministry announced on Monday that a total of 48 outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists have been neutralized in 548 operations across Turkey over the past week.
According to the ministry’s statement, Turkish security forces killed 30 PKK members, while three of them were detained. Fifteen PKK members surrendered to security forces during the same period.
During the operations, Turkish security forces detained 278 people on charges of aiding and abetting the PKK.
Fifty Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) members were also detained in the same period.
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.