2 PKK members killed in northern Iraq: Turkish defense ministry

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-16 20:47:13|Editor: huaxia

ANKARA, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Turkish military killed two members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in a counter-terrorism operation in northern Iraq, Turkey's defense ministry said on Saturday.

"Two PKK terrorists, who were detected in northern Iraq's Zap and Avachin region during the reconnaissance and surveillance activities, were neutralized by airstrikes," the ministry said on Twitter.

"Our operations against the terrorist organization PKK continue resolutely," it added.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in statements to imply terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

Turkish security forces have long been conducting operations against the PKK in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq where the group has hideouts.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the EU, launched a 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state which caused the lives of more than 40,000 people. Enditem