Four dead as Turkish planes bomb northern Iraq
Four Kurdish gunmen died Friday when Turkish warplanes attacked their positions in the north of Iraq, the Kurdish news agency Firat News reported. The dead were members of an Iranian group associated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), it said, citing sources in the group.
According to the AP, the Turkish military confirmed the raids, saying that all the aircraft had returned safely and that the operation had been carried out "with efficacy." It added that all steps had been taken to avoid collateral damage.
The bombings began around midday in the mountainous region of Qandil, near the border between Iraq and Turkey, the news agency said. The villages of Dola Koke, Aliye Res and Kurtek were targeted, it said.
According to the agency, the four dead were new recruits to Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK), an Iranian Kurdish separatist organisation with ties to the PKK.
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