ANKARA

Turkish security forces neutralized three terrorists and seized heavy explosives in the southeastern Hakkari province on Monday, according to the Interior Ministry.

The provincial Gendarmerie Special Public Security Command carried out an air-backed operation against a terrorist organization in rural areas of Hakkari, the ministry said in a statement.

Rifles, Kalashnikovs, a rocket launcher, anti-tank mines, grenades and improvised explosive devices were among the seized arms and ammunition.

The neutralized terrorists were allegedly involved in the killings of Turkish soldiers, Ercan Sanca and Sait Baris, in June 2019.

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

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