Officials say Turkish jets bombed suspected militant targets

Officials announce two Turkish jets bombed several suspected targets in Turkey’s southeastern Sirnak province, in written statement

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

The Turkish General Staff announced two Turkish F-16 fighter jets bombed at least three suspected “separatist terrorist organisation” targets in the southeastern Sirnak province on Tuesday in a written statement.

The official statement does not indicate the name of the militant group, but it is believed the target was the outlawed militant group, PKK.

Two Turkish jets hit two anti-aircraft machine gun positions and a mortar position in Dugun Mountain, the statement says.

Turkish General Staff gave details of the attack saying the move was taken after suspected PKK members attacked Turkish gendarmerie forces in Sirnak’s Uludere Karacali Tepe region.

The statement added that security forces are now looking into the damage assessment of the air strikes.

Turkey has been a target of increasing attacks by militant groups such as ISIS and PKK since a suicide bombing, allegedly carried out by ISIS, in the Suruc district of the southeastern Sanliurfa province claimed 32 lives on July 20.

PKK has also increased attacks on both police and the Turkish Armed Forces and killed several security officers after the Suruc Bombing.

In an effort to ensure law and order in the country, Turkish security forces have detained 1,050 suspects across 34 Turkish provinces since the nationwide "anti-terrorist operations" began, authorities said on Monday.

The country has stepped up efforts against militant groups such as ISIS and outlawed PKK following the rise of the violent attacks, launching air strikes in several positions used by PKK and ISIS in northern Iraq and Syria respectively since last week.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the operations against ISIS and PKK points in Iraq and Syria arose from the “terrorist actions” of both organisations.

“The operations targeting members of ISIS the outlawed DHKP-C, outlawed PKK and  PKK’s youth affiliate the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) will continue as long as the threats remain,” he said.

Davutoglu pointed out that the Suruc bombing and attacking a Turkish soldier had changed regional balance and that Turkey would continue its operations until both ISIS and PKK are eliminated.

TRTWorld and agencies