Ankara, Turkey – Turkey launched the anti-terror Operation Claw-Eagle 2 to prevent the PKK/KCK and other terror groups’ efforts to re-establish positions that were used in the past to carry out terror attacks against Turkey.

Thirteen Turkish citizens have been murdered by PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, and their bodies found in a cave by the Turkish Armed Forces during Operation Claw Eagle-2, which has now concluded.

“While our activities in the Operation Claw-Eagle 2 area were continuing, the mortal remains of 13 citizens who were detained in a cave, which was taken under control following the intense clash, were found,” Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said.

Akar said one of the aims of the operation was to rescue the citizens from the cave, but unfortunately, the terrorists had already executed them. He added that all terrorists who were in the cave were killed.

Akar said following an evaluation, it was determined that the victims were executed by gunshot to the head. The minister added that said three soldiers were also killed and three others were injured during the land operation.

Highlighting that the operation was successfully carried out in difficult land and climatic conditions, covering a very large area, he congratulated Turkish Chief of General Staff Yasar Guler and commanders.

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Ann Linde shared a condolences message on Twitter: “I offer my deepest condolences to the families of the Turkish citizens who lost their lives in an act of terror in Northern Iraq. We express our solidarity with the Turkish people.”