ANKARA (Sputnik) — Nine militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have been killed in a counter-terrorist operation in the country's southeast in the past 24 hours, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement Sunday.
"Three terrorists were killed and two were captured in Cizre. Bodies of 31 terrorist group members killed earlier were found during search of houses. Six terrorists were killed in Sura," the statement read.
Turkey's Interior Minister Efkan Ala said Thursday that Turkish security forces had finalized the anti-terrorist operation in the mainly Kurdish town of Cizre.
The security situation in Turkey deteriorated in mid-2015, when two Turkish policemen were killed by the PKK, which led Ankara to launch a military campaign against the group.