ANKARA

Five more PKK/KCK terrorists have surrendered to Turkish security forces, the Interior Ministry announced on Monday.

The terrorists laid down their arms in the southeastern Sirnak province thanks to persuasion efforts by police and gendarmerie forces, a statement said.

With the latest additions, the number of terrorists who gave up fighting through persuasion in 2020 has risen to 181.

Efforts to convince more terrorists to turn themselves in are continuing, it added.

The ministry also said that the family of one of the five surrendered terrorists was among the families seeking the return of their children kidnapped by the YPG/PKK terror group in the southeastern Diyarbakir province.

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 Jeyhun Aliyev

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