99 Kurdish militants killed in latest operations: Turkish military

Security forces targeted outposts and caves used by the militants for shelter and storage

Reuters September 09, 2017
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters stand in formation in northern Iraq. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ANKARA: Turkish security forces have killed 99 Kurdish militants, including a high-ranking one, in operations in southeast Turkey over the last two weeks, the armed forces said on Saturday.

Security forces targeted outposts and caves used by the militants for shelter and storage in the southeastern provinces of Sirnak and Hakkari, near the Iraqi border, the military said in a statement.

"Ninety-nine terrorists have been neutralised. One is in the so-called leading ranks," it said.

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The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), considered a terrorist organisation by the United States, Turkey and the European Union, has waged a more than three-decade-long insurgency against the state.

The PKK, which seeks autonomy for the largely Kurdish southeast, has bases in the mountains on both sides of the Turkey-Iraq border and is frequently targeted by Turkish security forces.

The operations, which were carried out between August 24 and September 7, led to the seizure of 420 kg (925 lbs) of ammonium nitrate, used to make explosives, as well as bombs, guns and rifles, the military said.


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