Turkish security forces kill 12 PKK fighters
Turkey has intensified its military operation against PKK targets in recent months. (AFP/File)
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At least 12 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have been killed in Turkish military strikes in the southeastern part of Turkey.
The Turkish General Staff, in a statement released on Monday, said two PKK militants were killed during operations in the Kurdish-populated city of Yuksekova in Hakkari province, located 1,026 kilometers (638 miles) east of the capital, Ankara, earlier in the day.
Turkish troopers also reportedly defused a number of roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices in the operations.
PKK militants mounted three separate attacks on Turkish border guards and security personnel in the Semdinli district of Hakkari Province. Eight Kurdish militants were killed as they engaged in fierce exchanges of gunfire with Turkish forces.
Additionally, Turkish military forces reportedly defused six improvised explosive devices placed under a bridge in the district.
Turkish police sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at least two PKK militants were also killed in an operation in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Monday.