By Ali Murat Alhas
ANKARA (AA) - Three PKK terrorists were neutralized in eastern Turkey following an ongoing anti-terror operation, the Turkish Interior Ministry announced on Sunday.
"In an air-backed operation by the Provincial Gendarmerie Command, three terrorists were neutralized in the Senyayla region of Mus [province]," the ministry said in an official statement.
It added that the terrorists were the perpetrators of a deadly attack that took place on Sept. 12 in which seven civilians were killed and ten others wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Diyarbakir province in southeastern Turkey.
Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in statements to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.