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Security forces raid three militant shelters in the Bitlis province

One guard is also killed and three more guards are injured near the village of Asagicobansuyu

PKK is the Kurdistan Workers Party, which Turkey deems a terrorist group

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Fifteen Kurdish militants were killed in a village raid by Turkish security forces, provincial officials said Saturday.

The incident occurred in eastern Turkey’s Bitlis province

One guard was also killed and three other guards were injured in the clashes at three shelters near the village of Asagicobansuyu.

The shelters were used by “separatist terrorist” organizations, a term used in official statements for the PKK, or the Kurdistan Workers Party.

Turkey, the United States and the European Union have formally labeled the PKK a terrorist organization.

The government operations were launched Friday, officials said.

CNN’s Yesim Comert and Michael Martinez contributed to this report.