ANKARA 

At least two members of the PKK terrorist group surrendered to security forces in southeastern Turkey, the Interior Ministry announced Wednesday.

The terrorists, who joined the terror group in 2014 and 2016, laid down their arms in Sirnak province following persuasion efforts by police and gendarmerie forces in coordination with the Interior Ministry, it said in a statement.

According to intelligence reports, they were last active in northern Iraq.

With the latest additions, the number of terrorists who gave up fighting through persuasion in 2020 has risen to 146.

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 Fahri Aksut

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