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Wanted PKK terrorist neutralized by security forces in Turkey's Bitlis

A wanted terrorist code-named was neutralized Sunday in the eastern province of , Turkey's Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.

Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.

In a written statement, the ministry said the terrorist was identified as Ünal Dinar and was neutralized within the scope of a security operation in the countryside.

The terrorist was in the orange category of the Interior Ministry's wanted list, the statement said, adding that he was sought with a 600,000 Turkish lira (around $103,000) bounty on his head.

Separately, Turkish gendarmerie forces also neutralized a terrorist in the countryside of Yenice village of Bitlis.

Operations are ongoing in the region, the statement said.

Turkey's wanted list is divided into five color-coded categories, with red being most wanted, followed by blue, green, orange and gray.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women and children.

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