Turkish forces continue airstrikes against PKK targets in northern Iraq, southern Turkey

Published November 4th, 2015 - 01:00 GMT

Turkish military has destroyed 16 positions of PKK in airstrikes in northern Iraq and in Turkey's southeast Tuesday, Turkish army said Wednesday.

According to a statement posted on the Turkish General Staff's official website, Turkish Air Forces jets bombed PKK positions in Avasin-Basyan region in northern Iraq as well as in Daglica village in Turkey's southeastern Hakkari province.

Several shelters, underground coves and weapon emplacements said to be used by PKK militants were also destroyed in the airstrikes, it said.

Meanwhile, four PKK militants were killed during Turkish security forces' operation in Hakkari’s Yuksekova district. Security forces seized many weapons and two hand grenades during a search in the region, the military said.

Also, in Hakkari’s Cukurca district, two PKK militants surrendered to the security forces.

Moreover, 10 people in southeastern Mardin province's Nusaybin district and three people in eastern Kars province's Digor district were detained for allegedly aiding and abetting the PKK, it added.

Turkish security forces have responded to renewed PKK attacks in the southeast by launching airstrikes on PKK bases in northern Iraq and the army has sent ground troops across the border, killing nearly 1,000 militants.

In early September, Turkey also sent two units of its special forces, comprising of 230 troops into northern Iraq for the first time in more than two years to pursue PKK militants across the border, a military source said.

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