Turkish Air Force has carried out heavy air strikes on outlawed PKK camps in Northern Iraq, including Qandil, Hakkurk, Avasin, Metina, Basyan, Gare and Zap, with more than 50 F-16 and F-4 aircrafts overnight following the deadly terror attack by PKK terrorists in eastern province of Hakkari on Sept 6.
PKK is a terrorist organisation recognised by Turkey, the US, EU and the UK.
According to the initial reports, at least 40 PKK terrorists were killed while two seperate militant groups made up of 20-25 militants came under fire of security officers.
The Turkish General Staff also announced that the Turkish military has launched a number of air strikes against 23 PKK camps hitting the PKK targets in the region since Monday morning.
PKK terrorist group has raised its number of terror attacks, since its umbrella organisation Group of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK) announced on July 11 that it would no longer abide by the uniletaral ceasefire with the Turkish government, which has caused the killing of 111 security officers and over 20 civilians.
The intense operations came after 16 Turkish soldiers stationed with the Daglica battalion in the Yuksekova district in Turkey’s eastern province of Hakkari were killed and six others wounded in a terror attack by the outlawed PKK on Sept 6.
The battalion is located along the Turkish border with Iran and has been attacked numerous times in the past.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sharply scolded the attack saying "I strongly condemn the atrocious attack that caused the martyrdom and injuries of our soldiers in the Yuksekova district of Hakkari," in a statement, early on Monday.
Accordingly Prime Minister Davutoglu said, “Since July 24 all our security forces have been instructed with a powerful political will to liquidate terror groups in Turkey wherever they are or no matter what kind of evil they are supported by.”
The attack took place when PKK terrorists blew up roadside mines, as several armoured vehicles were crossing. Following the explosion, clashes erupted, causing the death and injury of several Turkish soldiers.
PKK terrorists also carry out kidnappings and damage public and private property, mostly in Turkey's southeast and eastern regions.