Turkey says it killed nearly 3,800 PKK terrorists over 2 years: report

A member of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) carries an automatic rifle on a road in the Qandil Mountains, the PKK headquarters in northern Iraq, on June 22, 2018. Hundreds of Iraqi Kurds marched Friday to protest Turkish strikes against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) after Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara would press an operation against its bases. / AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED

Close to 3,800 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists have been killed in some 230,000 counterterrorism operations conducted by Turkey’s security forces in the last two-and-a-half years, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Sixty-four of the terrorists were senior members of the PKK, the report suggested, as 54 of them were included on the Interior Ministry’s wanted list.

Security forces carried out 60,733 operations in 2017, 104,534 in 2018 and 65,556 operations since the beginning of 2019.

Turkish security forces also confiscated 2,909 guns, 3,931 heavy machine guns, 2,675 improvised explosive devices, 5,604 hand grenades, 116,949 kilograms (257,828 pounds) of explosives and 1.49 million pieces of ammunition since 2017.

The PKK has been waging an insurgency against the Turkish army for decades, causing the death of nearly 40,000 people including civilians.

In addition to Ankara, the United States and the European Union have designated the PKK as a terrorist organization.

Turkish Minute


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