ANKARA 

Two YPG/PKK terrorists surrendered to Turkish security forces in the country’s southeastern Mardin province, Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

In a statement, the ministry said that terrorists, identified only by the initials Z.A. and R.A.H., turned themselves in as a result of the provincial gendarmerie command’s ongoing efforts to convince terrorists to lay down arms.

It said a total of 78 terrorists have so far surrendered to the forces since the beginning of this year.

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. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

* Writing by Gozde Bayar

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