Turkish security forces kill more than 5,300 militants since July: Erdogan

Turkish president says 355 soldiers, police officers and village guards have been killed in the violence


Reuters March 28, 2016
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a ceremony in Yozgat, Turkey March 25, 2016, in this handout photo provided by the Presidential Palace. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISTANBUL: Turkish security forces have killed 5,359 Kurdish militants since the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) abandoned a two-year ceasefire in July, the state-run Anadolu news agency cited President Tayyip Erdogan as saying on Monday.

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Erdogan said 355 soldiers, police officers and village guards have been killed in the violence, most of it in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast. Anadolu cited the text of a speech by Erdogan to the Turkish War Academy.

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