60 PKK terrorists ‘neutralized’ in one week

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Turkish soldiers patrol the area around the Modular Temporary Base Area also known as "Hawk Eye" at the 34th Border Brigade's Red Hill military post in Hakkari's Semdinli district, Turkey on May 12, 2016. / Ozkan Bilgin / Anadolu Agency

Sixty members of the outlawed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have been “neutralized” in military operations in eastern Turkey over the past week, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday.

According to the report, PKK militants in Şırnak, Hakkari, Diyarbakır, Bingöl, Elazığ, Mardin and Siirt have been neutralized, the General Staff informed reporters in a weekly briefing.

During the operations over the past week seven soldiers died and 19 were wounded.

Twenty PKK militants were also “neutralized” at the end of May in the Mount Tendürek region of Ağrı province when five soldiers and two village guards were killed in clashes between PKK terrorists and Turkish security forces.

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.

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