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330 PKK members killed in Turkey military operations in 7 months

English.news.cn   2012-09-10 21:33:06            

ANKARA, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- A total of 330 militants of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) were killed in 974 military operations between February and August of this year, the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces said in a statement on Monday.

Ten PKK rebels were wounded and 33 others captured in the military operations, said the statement, adding that 24 PKK members surrendered to the Turkish security units between February and August.

The statement said that the Turkish military intensified its operations against the PKK after the PKK organization's recent attacks on Sept. 2 on police and military outposts in Beytussebap town of S rnak province in southeastern Turkey, which left 10 security officials dead.

Turkish fighter jets and attack helicopters continue to pound suspected PKK positions near the Iraq border in the major air-and- ground operation, the statement added.

A total of 26 PKK militants were killed in clashes with Turkish security forces in southeastern Turkey on Sunday, said a Turkish official statement released by Hakkari Governor's office. on Monday.

A female PKK member was captured in the clashes with Turkish troops, which erupted in the town of Semdinli of Hakkari province, said the statement.

Meanwhile, two soldiers of Turkish security forces were killed and seven others wounded during the clashes in two military operations against the PKK militants, according to the statement.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, took up arms in 1984 in an attempt to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Since then, over 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts involving the group.

Editor: znz
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