PKK weapons, ammunition seized in Turkey’s Şırnak
ŞIRNAKSecurity personnel seized a large number of ammunition and explosives believed to belong to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) buried underground in the Uludere district of the southeastern province of Şırnak on June 28.
The Şırnak Governor’s Office said the discovery was made upon a denunciation in a dried stream bed in a valley called “Serin” in the Andaç village.
“Some 320 antipersonnel rocket ammunitions, 300 anti-tank ammunitions, and 620 rocket propelling cartridge have been seized. The works [of security forces] are continuing with determination,” the governor’s office’s said in a statement.
Meanwhile, at least one suspected PKK militant surrendered to security forces on June 29 in Şırnak’s Cizre district.
Separately, another seven PKK militants surrendered in the province on June 28, the governor’s office said in a separate statement.
It said six PKK militants, including a minor, surrendered to security forces at the Turkish-Iraqi Habur border gate after fleeing their shelters in northern Iraq. The other militant surrendered to security forces at the Köyceğiz Border Command in the province’s İdil district.
The security forces also conducted a counter-terrorism operation in the central district of the southeastern province of Hakkari on June 29, recovering two RPG-7 rocket launchers and two long-barreled rifles from PKK militants’ hideouts.
Meanwhile, the funeral of Ali Mevlüt Dündar, 25, who was killed in a PKK attack in the southeastern province of Hakkari on June 28, was held in the Central Anatolian province of Karaman. About 15,000 people, including Development Minister Lütfi Elvan, Karaman Governor Fahri Meral, the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Karaman deputies Recep Konuk and Recep Şeker, attended the funeral.
The killed officer’s paralyzed father was also present at the ceremony.