SIRNAK, Turkey

Five PKK terrorists surrendered to security forces in southeastern Turkey, a security source said on Thursday.

The terrorists, who fled from PKK terrorist camps in northern Iraq, turned themselves in at the Habur Customs Gate in Silopi in the Sirnak province, said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

They were taken to the local police department, it added.

The terrorist PKK often uses northern Iraq, just across the Turkish border, to plot attacks in Turkey.

In recent years, Turkey has seen record numbers of PKK terrorists giving themselves up in the face of determined Turkish counter-terrorist efforts.

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 Gozde Bayar

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