Senior PKK terrorist killed in anti-terror operation in Turkey's Bitlis
Turkish gendarmerie forces have killed a high-ranking member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group during a counter-terrorism operation in the country’s eastern province of Bitlis.
Turkey’s Interior Ministry, in a statement released on Thursday, announced that Sefer Acar, better known by the nom de guerre Welat Gever, was “neutralized” during an offensive in the Kocyigit village of the province on June 28.
The Turkish military generally uses the term "neutralize" to signify that the militants were killed, captured or surrendered.
The statement added that Acar was on the red category of the terror blacklist, and wanted for a terrorist attack on a Turkish military helicopter in Iraq’s northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, which left 15 Turkish soldiers dead.
Turkish gendarmerie forces recovered a Turkish lira banknote dated 1998 from the slain militant, which read, “Money from the helicopter pilot downed in Herko 11-27-1998.” The terrorist had kept the memento of his deadly attack for 20 years.
The Turkish Interior Ministry, in a statement released on Wednesday, said security and gendarmerie forces had “neutralized”11 PKK terrorists in the country’s southeastern province of Osmaniye, and four others in Sirnak. Three Kurdish militants were also “neutralized” in Diyarbakir.
The statement added that clean-up operations were still underway in the mentioned areas.
Separately, the Turkish General Staff, in a message published on its official Twitter page, said fighter jets had conducted airstrikes against PKK positions in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.
The statement said that Turkish warplanes had targeted Iraq’s Qandil, Matina, Zap, Avasin-Basyan, Hakurk and Gara regions, destroying 28 shelters and depots that belonged to the Kurdish militants.