ANKARA

A wanted PKK terrorist was among three recently neutralized in eastern Turkey, the Interior Ministry said Monday.

Vahiyettin Karay, codenamed Agit Civyan, was in the red category of Interior Ministry’s wanted list, it said in a statement, adding that the terrorists were neutralized in Operation Yildirim-10 in Catak district of Van province on Sept. 11.

Three Turkish soldiers were also martyred, and three others wounded in the operation.

Being a member of the terror organization for almost 25 years, Karay was responsible for numerous attacks in Turkey.

The ministry’s wanted list is divided into five color codes: red as the most wanted, followed by blue, green, orange, and grey.

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

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

*Writing by Faruk Zorlu

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