Turkey persuaded two more terrorists to surrender to security forces, the country’s Interior Ministry said in a statement Tuesday. 

Police and gendarmerie worked to convince the terrorists to give themselves up in southeastern Mardin province. The terrorists had been operating in Syria, according to the ministry.

No affiliation was mentioned in the statement but the PKK terror group has been active in the region.

A total of 153 terrorists have surrendered to Turkish forces in 2020, thanks to persuasion efforts, the ministry noted.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

* Writing by Gozde Bayar

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