ANKARA

Turkish forces have “neutralized” eight members of the PKK terrorist organization in northern Iraq, the Defense Ministry said Friday.

Detected in the Gara region, the terrorists were “neutralized” in a subsequent airstrike, the ministry said on Twitter.

Turkish authorities often use the word “neutralize” to imply terrorists in question surrendered, were killed or captured.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the US and EU — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

*Writing by Dilan Pamuk in Ankara

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