72 pct rise in number of killed PKK militants: Turkish army

A press spokesperson for the Turkish military staff said Friday that there was 72 percent rise in number of PKK militants "that were rendered ineffective".

72 pct rise in number of killed PKK militants: Turkish army

A press spokesperson for the Turkish military staff said Friday that there was 72 percent rise in number of PKK militants "that were rendered ineffective" in land and air operations in 2008 inside and outside Turkey.

"There is 62 percent rise in number of militants that surrendered to security forces," spokesman Gen. Metin Gurak told reporters at a weekly press briefing while giving information to journalists about security operations carried out in 2008.

Gen. Gurak said 696 militants were killed in operations and 177 others surrendered to security forces.

The General Staff spokesman noted that 51 citizens lost their lives, and 171 people from security forces were killed in militant attacks.

Gen. Gurak said 3.5 tones of ammonium nitrate, 255 kg of TNT and 197 kg of plastic explosives were seized in operations against PKK in 2008.

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