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7 PKK members ‘neutralized’ across Turkey

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The Turkish Interior Ministry has announced that a total of seven outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists were neutralized across Turkey on Sunday, DHA reported.

According to the ministry statement, Turkish security forces neutralized four PKK members in Van province, two in Muş province and one in Erzincan province.

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) said on Saturday that a total of 43 PKK militants were killed in clashes with Turkish soldiers in the past week.

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.

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