Nine PKK terrorists surrender to Turkey

Nine members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have surrendered to Turkey in Silopi district of Şırnak on Tuesday as tensions between Turkish military and the terrorist organization heightened in the past few months.

Şırnak Governor Vahdettin Özkan told Anatolia news agency that nine terrorists, including three females, surrendered to Turkish security forces in Habur bordergate in Silopi district.

Özkan said terrorists are now being interrogated at the Silopi Gendarmerie Command.

PKK members, who are fighting for autonomy in Turkey from their bases in northern Iraq, have escalated attacks in recent months, killing dozens of members of the security forces and many civilians since July.

Surrender of PKK members came a week after Turkish President Abdullah Gül called on PKK members to lay down their arms and return to their families through benefiting a relevent law.

According to the Repentance Law (Turkish Penal Code [TCK] Law No. 221), PKK members who surrendered to security officers are released — if their criminal records are found to be clean — on the basis of having left the terrorist organization without committing any crimes.

27 September 2011, Tuesday / TODAYSZAMAN.COM,