Anti-extremism ops launched in SETurkey amid curfew

Around 1,000 security personnel are participating in the operations after Diyarbakir Governor's office declares curfew in 25 villages Tuesday.

Anti-extremism ops launched in SETurkey amid curfew

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Turkish army launched Tuesday new anti-extrem operations in 25 villages in the country’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir after curfews were declared earlier on the same day.

Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) launched the operations in the districts of Lice, Hani, Silvan, Kulp and Hazro in Diyarbakir, which is the main scene of ongoing anti-extrem operations against the extremist PKK group.

Counter-extremism police teams from Ankara, Istanbul, and nearby provinces were deployed to Diyarbakir for the operation, in which around 1,000 security personnel participated. 

No details were provided regarding the nature of the curfew or its duration.

The Turkish Armed Forces, in cooperation with the police, has launched broad anti-extrem operations - namely in the eastern provinces of Mus, Mardin, Diyarbakir, Sirnak, Hakkari, Van, and Bingol - aimed at clearing cities of PKK extremists, filling in trenches, removing barricades, and destroying explosive traps.

The PKK - listed as ann extremist organization also by the U.S., and the EU - resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state about 11 months ago.

Since then, nearly 600 security personnel, including troops, police officers, and village guards, have been martyred, and more than 7,700 PKK extremists killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq.

Last Mod: 21 Haziran 2016, 14:48
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