Turkish security forces kills 16 PKK militants in clashes

Sixteen Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants were killed Friday in operations in southeast Turkey, the Turkish military said on Saturday.

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Two Libya Dawn fighters identify positions of their rivals near Bir al-Ghanam, Libya, on March 21, 2015. Clashes continued between Libya Dawn fighters and pro-government forces on Saturday near Bir al-Ghanam, some 90 kilometers southwest of the capital Tripoli. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)
Two Libya Dawn fighters identify positions of their rivals near Bir al-Ghanam, Libya, on March 21, 2015. Clashes continued between Libya Dawn fighters and pro-government forces on Saturday near Bir al-Ghanam, some 90 kilometers southwest of the capital Tripoli. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)

The Turkish General Staff said in a statement that nine PKK militants were killed in Cizre, Sirnak province, and seven in Sur, Diyarbakir province.

Security forces are conductingThe two districts have been among areas that have been the focus of counter-terror operations of Turkey and military curfews for more than a month.

A total of 627 PKK militants were “neutralized” in Cizre and Sur since early December, the statement added.
Meanwhile, a village guard in Sirnak province was killed by PKK militants in the evening of Jan. 30, Dogan News Agency reported Saturday.

Since early December last year, more than 240 members of the security forces and thousands of PKK militants have been killed in clashes across Turkey and northern Iraq.

The PKK, considered as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, resumed its armed campaign against the Turkish government in late July 2015. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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