17 PKK terrorists ‘neutralized’ last week in Turkey

Turkish security forces “neutralized” 17 PKK terrorists in anti-terror operations last week, the Interior Ministry announced Monday. A statement said security forces carried out 729 counterterrorism operations between Jan. 1 and 7. Of the 17 terrorists neutralized, 11 were captured while six surrendered to security forces. Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralized” in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured. During the operations, 112 suspects were arrested on charges of aiding and abetting the terror group PKK while 46 were taken into custody for alleged links to Daesh. Police also arrested 467 others for suspected ties to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization — the group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey — with another 18 were charged with being linked to leftist terrorist groups. Thirty-two shelters and caves used by PKK terrorists and nine improvised explosive devices and mines were destroyed in controlled detonations in the eastern and southeastern provinces of Erzincan, Batman, Diyarbakir, Mardin, Tunceli, Mus, Igdir, Bitlis, and Bingol. During the operations, security forces also seized 864 kilograms (1904.7 pounds) of bomb-making materials, eight hand grenades, 3,451 rounds of ammunition, and 16 weapons — including nine long-barreled and heavy weapons.

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