Turkish operation in Sirnak kills 68 PKK militants

Published December 19th, 2015 - 04:00 GMT

At least 68 PKK militants have been killed in ongoing operations in Turkey’s southeastern Sirnak province over the last four days, a security official said Saturday. 

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Anadolu Agency that security forces had been operating in the towns of Cizre and Silopi, with 62 of the militants having been killed in the former.

The operations also left one soldier killed, and 22 others, including police officers, wounded. 

A curfew was imposed on Cizre and Silopi on Monday. Many citizens reportedly left the district before the curfew was imposed.

The PKK -- considered a terrorist organization also by the U.S. and the EU -- resumed its armed campaign in late July. Since then, more than 200 members of the security forces have been martyred and over 1,700 PKK militants killed.

Editor's note: This article has been modified from the source material.


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