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Turkish forces kill 4 PKK members in SE Türkiye

19 Sep 2023, 06:44 GMT+10

ANKARA, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Turkish security forces "neutralized" four members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Türkiye's southeastern Diyarbakir province, the country's Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said on Monday.

Three of them were in the red, orange and gray categories of the Turkish Interior Ministry's list wanted list, the minister said in a statement.

They included Hulya Demirer, codenamed Axin Mus; Cihat Ay, codenamed Rohat Pasur; and Cetin Temel, codenamed Demhat.

On Wednesday, the minister said that in the last three months, a total of 41,884 operations were carried out against the PKK, 818 of which were in cities and 41,066 in rural areas, and 214 PKK members were "neutralized" in these operations.

Yerlikaya added that among them, 27 were killed, 149 were alive, 38 were surrendered, and 1299 suspects were detained.

Turkish authorities often use the term "neutralized" in their statements to imply the "terrorists" in question were killed or captured, or surrendered.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the United States and the European Union, has rebelled against the Turkish government for more than three decades.

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