00:38 GMT07 May 2021
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    Eight members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were killed it Turkey's eastern Kars province, according to local media.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkish security forces on Sunday killed eight members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the eastern Kars province during anti-terror operations, local media reported, citing province Governor Rahmi Dogan.

    The air-supported operation was conducted by the city's Gendarmerie units in the Kagizman district after spotting militant positions on a surveillance image, the Anadolu news agency reported.

    Security forces are now searching for another militant, who has escaped, the governor said.

    A total of 35 PKK militants have been killed by the Turkish security forces in Kars since the launch of operations in 2016, according to the governor's office.

    Tensions between Ankara and the PKK escalated in July 2015 when the ceasefire collapsed because of a series of terror attacks allegedly committed by PKK members. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization in Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

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