Ankara, July 31: At least 65 outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants were killed in separate counter operations in eastern and southeastern provinces of Turkey and northern Iraq in the past week. Notably, the counter operations took place in the Sırnak, Hakkari, Diyarbakır, Bingol, Elazıg and Siirt provinces.
The statement further noted that among the killed militants are regional leader “Sefkan,” codenamed Kenan Kahraman, who was wanted under a Turkish grey notice; “Hakkı,” codenamed Yasin Atak, who is believed to have been responsible for the Senkaya-Gole area and “Aliser,” codenamed Zeynal Leblebici, who was said to have been responsible for the Senkaya-Gole area and wanted under a Turkish green notice. However, fifty-eight shelters, as well as caves and storages used by militants, were destroyed.
The Turkish Armed Forces said that 12 other PKK militants were killed by several air strikes that were conducted. “The operations in northern Iraq were conducted in the Zap and Matina regions, killing three terrorists who were allegedly preparing for an attack and destroying some weapon pits and caves,” the Turkish Armed Forces added.
“Another airstrike was conducted in Beytussebap district of Turkey’s southeastern Sirnak province, killing nine PKK militants, including one senior member,” the forces said. However, One Turkish soldier was also killed in an anti-PKK operation in southeastern Hakkari province. Interestingly, the PKK was listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. The PKK resumed its armed campaign against the Turkish government since July 2015.