16 PKK terrorists killed in southeast Turkey

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Security forces seize explosives, firearms in Cizre, Sur

ANKARA – Sixteen PKK terrorists were killed Friday in operations in southeast Turkey, the Turkish military said Saturday.

In a statement, the Turkish General Staff said nine were killed in Cizre, Sirnak province, and seven in Sur, Diyarbakir province.

The two districts have been among areas that have been the focus of counter-terror operations and military curfews for more than a month.

The statement said 483 PKK terrorists were “neutralized” in Cizre and 144 in Sur since early December.

Security forces defused seven improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and seized firearms and ammunition in Cizre while another 37 IEDs were dismantled in Sur.

Separately, security forces on Friday arrested 13 suspected PKK members in Hozat, Tunceli province.

The PKK – designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU – renewed its armed campaign against the Turkish state in late July. Since then more than 240 members of the security forces have been martyred.

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