Turkish security forces “neutralized” at least two PKK terrorists in Cukurca district of southeastern Hakkari province, the National Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

“In the air-backed operation, which was successfully carried out in Hakkari/Cukurca region, two PKK terrorists from the terrorist organization were neutralized with two infantry rifles, one grenade and many life-sustaining materials seized,” the ministry said on Twitter.

Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralize” to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

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

*Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur

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