At least five more PKK terrorists surrendered to Turkish security forces, the country’s Interior Ministry said on Monday.

According to a statement by the ministry, the terrorists, including one in the grey category of the ministry’s wanted list, turned themselves in as a result of persuasive efforts by police and gendarmerie forces.

Surrendered terrorists joined the terror group in 2014 and 2015 and operated in Iraq, the statement noted.

With the latest addition, the number of terrorists who surrendered through persuasion in 2020 has risen to 202, the statement added.

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.

* Writing by Ahmet Gencturk

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