Daily Sabah: Turkish security forces launched over 11,700 anti-PKK ops in 6 months, interior minister says20 March 2017 | 04:08 | FOCUS News Agency
Speaking at a police academy graduation ceremony in Turkey's southern Karaman province, Soylu praised Turkish soldiers' courage and diligence even in the face of challenges such as hard weather.
"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 added.
Citing security forces' ongoing operations on PKK strongholds in the southeastern Diyarbakir province's Lice district, and the Mardin province's Ömeryan and Hatay province's Amanoslar regions, Soylu said Turkey has destroyed 800 PKK shelters in the last six months.
Soylu also said traffic checks to restrict the terrorists' movements are ongoing.
"In 2017, 7.72 million vehicles were checked and legal actions were taken for 92,519 of them."
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization in Turkey, the U.S., and the EU. In an over three-decade terror campaign against Turkey, more than 40,000 people have been killed.
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