ANKARA

Turkish security forces defused 30 landmines planted by PKK terrorists in southeastern Turkey, the National Defense Ministry announced Thursday.

The DM-11 antipersonnel mines were laid out on the roadside in Cizre district of Sirnak province, the ministry said on Twitter.

The ministry also shared footage of the operation where anti-landmine units were at work.

The Germany-made landmines explode when a pressure of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) is applied, the average weight of a 2-year-old infant.

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.

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