12 terrorists ‘neutralized’ in eastern Turkey

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Photo: Ozkan Bilgin / Anadolu Agency

One security guard was slain and 12 members of the outlawed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were “neutralized” during military operations in Şırnak and Mardin provinces, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday.

According to the report, terrorists attacked security guards in Uludere district of Şırnak, leading to the injury of four security guards, one of whom died.

Six PKK members in Şırnak province and five PKK members in Mardin province were neutralized after an aerial attack by the air forces, according to a statement from the Turkish military. One terrorist was captured during the operations.

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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