BITLIS, Turkey 

Security forces in eastern Turkey have seized explosives and booby-trap materials belonging to the PKK terror group, local authorities announced Wednesday.

Local gendarmerie forces in Bitlis province uncovered rockets, anti-personnel landmines and two gas-filled tubes — often used in booby traps, said a statement from the provincial governor’s office.

After finding them in the village of Sarinonak as part of the ongoing Yildirim-16 operations in the province, the security forces destroyed the materials, 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 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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