Turkey says military conducted 11,738 operations against PKK

Turkey says military conducted 11,738 operations against PKK
Turkish police continue crackdown on Kurdish officials they accuse of having links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party. (NRT)
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SULAIMANI — Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the Turkish army and security forces have launched more than 11,738 operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the last six months.

“In the last six months, 153 major incidents have been prevented, four suicide attackers and 21 suspects plotting and preparing attacks have been caught, and 22 bomb-laden cars seized,” Soylu said during a police academy graduation ceremony in Turkey’s southern Karaman province.

According to the interior minister, the Turkish army has destroyed 800 shelters of the PKK during the last six months in the southeastern Diyabakir province’s Lice district, as well as in the region’s of Omeryan in Mardin and Amansolar in Hatay province.

"In 2017, 7.72 million vehicles were checked and legal actions were taken for 92,519 of them,” he added, reported by Turkish Daily Sabah.

The PKK's three-decade armed struggle against the Turkish government flared up again after the collapse of a two-year cease-fire and settlement process, plunging Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast back into open conflict between Turkish security forces and the PKK.

The conflict between Turkey and the PKK has continued for over 25 years and claimed more than 40,000 lives. The PKK has waged a decades-long armed struggle against Turkey’s government for greater autonomy and cultural rights for the country’s Kurdish population.