The Turkish army has neutralized nine fighters from the PKK (Kurdish Workers' Party), the Ministry of Defense in Ankara announced today, quoted by CNN-Turk TV, BTA reported.

The strikes on the Kurdish separatists were carried out in the area where the anti-terrorist operation Lapa-Kluch, launched on April 18, is taking place.

Meanwhile, a large-scale anti-terrorist operation was launched today in the eastern Turkish district of Mardin.

679 members of the security forces are participating in the offensive, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of our south-eastern neighbor announced.

Turkish armed forces have neutralized three PKK militants in northern Iraq

The PKK has been waging an armed struggle against the Turkish state since 1984 and is considered a terrorist organization by Ankara, the EU and the US.

Tens of thousands have died in the conflict.

PKK fighters have bases in northern Iraq and are active in northern Syria.