ANKARA (AA) – At least five terrorists including two senior operatives were neutralized in a counter-terror operation in eastern Turkey, the country’s Interior Ministry said Monday.

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

The terrorists were neutralized during operations on Dec. 7-8 in the eastern Mus province, the ministry said in a statement.

Among the terrorists was Erdal Tekay, codenamed Zinar Amed, who was a regional operative of the terror group and sought in the grey category of the Interior Ministry’s wanted list with 300,000

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