Turkey says 43 PKK terrorists killed in one week

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HAKKARI, TURKEY - AUGUST 15: Turkish soldiers arrive operation site between Ikiyaka Mountains and Daglica by military helicopter as Turkish Armed Forces stage operation against PKK terrorists near Iraq border, in Hakkari, Turkey on August 15, 2017. Reconnaissance and surveillance actions continue 24/7 by the military personnel standing guard at the operation site. AFP

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has said on Saturday that a total of 43 militants of outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were killed in clashes with Turkish soldiers in past week.

In a statement from its website, TSK said 43 PKK terrorists were “neutralized” in anti-terror operations in Şırnak, Diyarbakır and Hakkari provinces between Aug. 17 to 24.

The army also said that two soldiers were killed and another nine were wounded by PKK attacks in the same time period.

According to the statement, a total of 27 weapons, including rifles, rocket launchers and pistols, 280 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 34 hand grenades, ammunition, as well as many other items used by terrorists were seized in the operations.

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