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Turkish Military Says 49 PKK Members Killed in Past Two Days

October 22, 2011

Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Turkey’s military said it killed 49 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, during its operations against the group in the past two days.

Another 22 PKK members were struck by artillery and warplanes, the military General Staff in Ankara said today in a statement on its website.

Several operations are ongoing in northern Iraq and in two regions in the country’s southeast against the PKK, the military said. The air force is carrying out strikes as well, according to the statement.

State-run TRT news channel earlier reported that the military had killed 53 members of the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered 22 battalions to seek and destroy members of the PKK in Turkey’s southeast and northern Iraq after the group killed more than 30 soldiers and policemen this week.

--Editors: Andrew J. Barden, Paul Verschuur

To contact the reporter on this story: Emre Peker in Ankara at epeker2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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