ANKARA (Sputnik) — He added that counterterror raids had also resulted in death of more than 9,500 militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) group.
"During [anti-terror] operations, more than 40,000 have been detained and more than 10,500 have been arrested," Erdogan said.
The PKK is outlawed in Turkey as a terrorist organization. A ceasefire between the Turkish government and Kurdish rebels collapsed in July 2015, prompting authorities to launch a military operation in the Kurdish-dominated southeast.
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