At least 13 PKK militants killed in southeast Turkey
ANKARA – Anadolu AgencyAt least 13 outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants were killed in five separate counter-terrorism operations in four Turkish provinces on April 25, the Turkish military and the provincial governor’s office stated on April 26.
According to a statement posted on the Turkish General Staff’s official website, three PKK militants were killed in the southeastern province of Mardin’s Nusaybin district, bringing the total number of militants killed to 295 since operations began in the town.
Separately, four militants were killed in another operation in the southeastern province of Şırnak, bringing the total number of militants killed there to 256, the statement said, adding that seven others had also surrendered to security forces in the province.
Meanwhile, one militant was killed and two others were captured along with their guns in a clash in the southeastern province of Hakkari on April 25, the military’s statement said. The Hakkari Governor’s Office also said in a separate statement on April 26 that security forces had killed one militant and critically injured another when they were found planting improvised explosive devices on a highway in Hakkari.
The military’s statement added that five other PKK militants were also killed during a clash in the Kağızman district of the eastern province of Kars on April 25 in an operation.
As anti-PKK operations continue, one soldier was killed after an explosive was detonated by PKK militants in Nusaybin late on April 25.
The incident occurred when security forces attempted to enter a building booby-trapped with an improvised explosive device. Six other soldiers were also injured in the explosion.