10 PKK terrorists surrender, 1 killed in counterterrorism operations

One terrorist was killed and 10 others surrendered to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) on Wednesday in the military’s ongoing fighting against the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the provinces of Şırnak and Bingöl.

A group of terrorists who were planning to attack security forces in the southeastern province of Tunceli were detained on Dec. 7 during an operation against the PKK. (Photo: Cihan)

A group of terrorists who were planning to attack security forces in the southeastern province of Tunceli were detained on Dec. 7 during an operation against the PKK. (Photo: Cihan)

A written statement from the Şırnak Governor’s Office on Wednesday stated that Turkish intelligence was informed that a group of PKK terrorists were inside a seven-story-high cave in the Cudi Mountain in the southeastern province of Şırnak, bordering Iraq. A unit of TSK commandos went to the area by helicopter and a land unit surrounded the cave on the ground. Terrorists surrendered to the commandos when all other options were exhausted.

The statement also mentions that three other people who are reported to be PKK sympathizers were captured with the terrorists. They allegedly helped the terrorist organization launch attacks against public buildings, civilians and security forces in cities.

While searching the cave, security units found seven Kalashnikov rifles, two binoculars, ammunition, one rocket launcher, a laptop, a power generator, an LCD TV, a radiophone, a DVD player, PKK administrative documents and a large amount of food.

The terrorists who surrendered stated that there are many PKK terrorists who also want to surrender but cannot find the opportunity. They also stated that many of the PKK groups in the mountainous regions of Turkey find it hard to survive, as they are facing a lack of food and — critically, in these bad weather conditions — shelter.

Furthermore, one PKK terrorist was killed and seven others surrendered to gendarmes in a clash in the district of Karlıova of Bingöl province on Wednesday. Security units are continuing their operations against the terrorist PKK in Bingöl.

The conflict with the PKK has claimed tens of thousands of lives and cost Turkey hundreds of billions of dollars. The group is labeled a terrorist organization by the European Union and the United States, which has supplied Predator drones to Turkey to assist in its fight in the rugged Southeast.

Court sends captured senior PKK terrorist to prison

Suphi Yalçınkaya, a high-level member of the terrorist PKK who was captured by police in İstanbul on Sunday, was sent to prison after being interrogated at İstanbul’s Beşiktaş Courthouse on Wednesday.

The terrorist was captured over the weekend in a police operation carried out in İstanbul’s Esenyurt district. He is known to be the right-hand man of Fehman Hüseyin of Syria, who goes by the codename Bahoz Erdal.

 

08 December 2011, Thursday / TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL