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Turkish troops find bodies of 13 abducted citizens in cave in northern Iraq

The bodies of 13 Turkish citizens abducted by Kurdish insurgents have been found in a cave complex in northern Iraq, Turkish authorities have said.

Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said 12 of the victims had been shot in the head, while the one had died of a bullet wound to the shoulder. Their bodies were discovered by troops in the Gara region close to the Turkish border during an operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

“In searches of a cave, which was taken under control after intense clashes, the bodies of 13 of our abducted citizens were found,” Akar said from an operations centre in Sirnak on the Turkish side of the border.

The victims had been killed at the start of the operation to seize the cave complex, Akar said, adding that “all the terrorists in the cave… have been neutralised.”

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