Turkey: Seven Kurdish militants killed in southeast

Published March 10th, 2016 - 04:00 GMT
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in Diyarbakir, Turkey. (AFP/File)
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in Diyarbakir, Turkey. (AFP/File)

Seven Kurdish militants were killed in Diyarbakir city, located in southeast Turkey, during clashes on Thursday, according to security sources. The reports came a day after security forces announced the end to operations in the area.

The shootout erupted in the Sur district of the city, parts of which have been destroyed from ongoing clashes between security forces and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants after a two-year-old ceasefire collapsed last July.

The sources repoted that special forces police skirmished with the PKK fighters after they opened fire from a basement in Sur, an area  which was placed under curfew on Dec. 2.

The military announced on Thursday that 279 PKK militants were killed in operations in Sur since Dec. 17.

Military operations recently spread to other parts of the mainly Kurdish southeast, in the town of Idil, located close to the Syrian border. The army declared 120 PKK fighters were killed in three weeks of fighting on Wednesday.

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