ANKARA, April 14 (Xinhuanet) -- Turkish security forces killed 21
militants of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party, or PKK, on Thursday in an
operation launched in Turkey's southeastern region.
Semi-official Anatolia News Agency reported that the members of the
terrorist organization were killed in Dereler region between the cities of Siirt
and Sirnak in southeastern Turkey, adding that operations are underway in the
At the same day, the PKK militants killed a first lieutenant and two
soldiers in a clash which erupted in Pervari Township in Siirt, the report said.
Last week, Turkish security forces have launched the biggest
operation against militants of the PKK in the last six years in southeastern
border including cities of Sirnak and Hakkari.
The PKK which aims at establishing an independent Kurdish state
launched an armed campaign against the Turkish government in 1984.More than
30,000 people, mostly Kurds, have been killed in the violence in the mainly
Kurdish southeast since then.
Fighting has subdued significantly since PKK commander Abdullah
Ocalan was captured in 1999.
But the PKK called off a unilateral ceasefire in 2004, disrupting the
The Turkish government refuses to negotiate with the PKK which it
deems as a terrorist organization. Enditem