53 PKK militants ‘neutralized’ over past week in Turkey: Interior Ministry

53 PKK militants ‘neutralized’ over past week in Turkey: Interior Ministry

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53 PKK militants ‘neutralized’ over past week in Turkey: Interior Ministry

A total of 53 outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants were “neutralized” during counter-terrorism operations across Turkey over the past week, the country’s Interior Ministry said on July 16.

Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in their statements to imply the militants in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

Security forces carried out 1,950 counter-terrorism raids across Turkey from July 9-16, the ministry said.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU, resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015.

PKK, Counterterrorism, anti-terrorism