According to the statement, two pieces of construction equipment used for road maintenance in the area surrounding the village of Güngören were set on fire by PKK terrorists on April 29, prompting security forces to launch an operation in the region to hunt down the terrorists.
The three PKK terrorists were killed at noon on Tuesday, and security forces also seized 200 kilograms of handmade explosives, said the statement. No casualties were reported among the members of the security forces.
The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and the United States, has been waging a bloody war in Turkey's Southeast since 1984. More than 40,000 people have been killed in PKK attacks so far. The terrorist organization is based in northern Iraq and launches attacks on Turkey from its hideouts in the mountainous region. The PKK also operates in various European cities.
In the meantime, seven individuals who have suspected ties with the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella political organization for the PKK, were detained in the eastern province of Tunceli on Tuesday.
The suspects will be sent to Malatya for interrogation.