UPDATES WITH 2 MORE TERRORISTS NEUTRALIZED IN VAN PROVINCE
By Fahrettin Gok and Burcu Calik
ERZURUM/VAN, ANKARA, Turkey (AA) – Four PKK terrorists have been neutralized as part of anti-terror operations in eastern Turkey.
Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.
According to a statement by Erzurum Governorship, security forces launched an anti-terror operation in Karayazi district on Monday.
Two terrorists were neutralized during the operation while a security officer received minor injuries, it said.
A silencer gun, two rounds of a magazine, two thermal cameras, hand-made explosives and various materials including cables, umbrellas and sleeping bags were also seized during the operation.
The anti-terror raids against PKK terror group continue resolutely, the statement added.
Separately, another anti-terror operation saw 2 more terrorists neutralized in Gurpinar district of eastern Van province, according to provincial governor’ office on Wednesday.
Turkish Armed Forces also conducted airstrikes in northern Iraqi regions of Hakurk and Zap, the General Staff said in a statement on Wednesday.
Tuesday’s airstrikes destroyed shelters, weapon emplacements and ammunition depots used by PKK terrorists, the statement added.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people.