ANKARA

Turkish gendarmerie forces neutralized three PKK terrorists in the eastern province of Tunceli during a domestic security operation, the country’s Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

In a written statement, the ministry said commando units of the Provincial Gendarmerie Command in Tunceli province neutralized the terrorists after close encounter in rural areas of Ovacik district.

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

The ministry said the operations are ongoing in the region.

On Tuesday, Turkey also neutralized three other terrorists in rural areas of eastern Agri province’s Dogubayazit district.

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

* Writing by Sena Guler

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