News 15 september — 18:48

3 terrorists 'neutralized' in southeastern Turkey

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Security forces "neutralized" at least three terrorists in southeastern Turkey, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reports.

As part of Operation Yildirim-2 Cilo, the terrorists were targeted in an air-backed operation by the local gendarmerie command and village guards in the Hakkari province, it said.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralize" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

The terrorists' affiliation was not mentioned, but the terrorist PKK has been active in the region.

This summer, Turkey has launched a series of security operations to neutralize terrorists believed to be hiding out in the country's east and southeast.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the US and EU – has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

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