ANKARA

Security forces neutralized two terrorists in an operation in eastern Turkey, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

The terrorists were neutralized along with weapons during an air-backed anti-terrorism operation in rural areas of the Van province, according to a statement.

The operation is ongoing, the ministry added.

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

The terrorists’ affiliation was not mentioned, but the terror group PKK has been active in the region.

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 nearly 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.

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