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Turkish army kills 19 PKK fighters

11 April 2016 16:47 (UTC+04:00)
Turkish army kills 19 PKK fighters

Turkish army launched a large-scale operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist group in the country's Hakkari province on April 11, the General Staff of Turkish Armed Forces reported.

As a result of the operation, 19 PKK members were killed in an hour, said the message.

Earlier, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that over 5,359 PKK members have been eliminated as a result of the operations against this terrorist group since July of 2015. He added that 355 Turkish servicemen were killed during these operations, which will continue until the complete destruction of the PKK.

The conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which demands the creation of an independent Kurdish state, has continued for over 25 years and has claimed more than 40,000 lives. The UN and the European Union listed the PKK as a terrorist organization.

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