1,000 PKK militants killed in operations in Nusaybin, Şırnak
ANKARA – Doğan News Agency
AA photoThe Turkish General Staff has announced that a total of 1,000 outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants were killed in operations in the Nusaybin district of the southeastern province of Mardin and in the southeastern province of Şırnak, which reached an end on June 3.
A total of 495 PKK militants were killed in operations in Nusaybin while 515 barricades were removed, 53 trenches were filled and 1,256 hand-made explosives were destroyed, the General Staff said in a statement.
It also added that 239 weapons, 11,041 rounds of ammunition, 45 radio sets and 40 kilograms of explosive materials were seized.
According to the statement, another 505 PKK militants were killed in operations in Şırnak.
A total of 238 barricades were removed, 39 trenches were filled and 1,566 hand-made explosives were destroyed, the statement read. In addition, 280 weapons, 25,929 rounds of ammunition, nine radio sets and 6,420 explosive materials were seized in operations in the province.
Security forces were continuing detailed efforts to remove barricades and destroy explosives placed in the region, the statement read.
The joint operation of security forces in Nusaybin and Şırnak, with the participation of police officers, began on March 14 and ended on June 3.
Meanwhile, Turkish warplanes conducted air operations against PKK targets in the southeast as well as in northern Iraq on June 5.
The warplanes destroyed PKK targets in a rural area of the Yüksekova district of the southeastern province of Hakkari as well as the Avaşin, Basyan and Kandil regions in northern Iraq.
The jets also conducted airstrikes on PKK targets in the Gara region in northern Iraq on June 6 between 8:54 a.m. and 9:46 a.m.