US puts bounty on key PKK terrorists up to $5M

State Department says those who help identifying or locating Murat Karayilan, Cemil Bayik, Duran Kalkan to be rewarded

US puts bounty on key PKK terrorists up to $5M

By S. Ahmet Aytac


U.S. Department of State on Tuesday put a bounty on three key PKK terrorists, according to a statement by the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.

Those who give information on the identification or location of the terrorists Murat Karayilan (up to $5 million), Cemil Bayik (up to $4 million) and Duran Kalkan (up to $3 million) will be rewarded as part of the State Department’s Rewards for Justice program.

The announcement came after U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer’s official visit to the capital Ankara.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, it has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women and children. 

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