Turkey launches fresh strikes on PKK in Iraq following Ankara bombing

Published March 14th, 2016 - 09:41 GMT
Forensic experts investigate the scene of an explosion on March 14, 2016 the day after a suicide car bomb ripped through a busy square in central Ankara killing at least 37 people and wounding 125. (AFP/Adem Altan)
Forensic experts investigate the scene of an explosion on March 14, 2016 the day after a suicide car bomb ripped through a busy square in central Ankara killing at least 37 people and wounding 125. (AFP/Adem Altan)

Turkey’s air force carried out airstrikes on Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) bases in northern Iraq early Monday, the military said, hours after a car bomb in capital Ankara killed dozens of people.

In a statement on its website, the Turkish General Staff said 11 F-16 and F-4 jets bombed 18 PKK positions in Gara and Qandil, where the group has its main headquarters.

At least 37 were killed in an explosion at Ankara’s Kizilay Square at 6.45 p.m. local time (1645GMT) Sunday. On Monday morning, the health ministry said 71 were still being treated in hospitals.

The attack targeted an area around Ankara’s busiest metro station, a major public transport hub where there are dozens of bus stops.

There has been no claim of responsibility from the PKK or any other militant groups.

Last month, a car bomb targeting military buses killed 29 people in Ankara and in October a twin suicide bombing killed 103 people at a peace rally in the city.


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