Turkish warplanes pound PKK targets in northern Iraq

Turkish warplanes bomb PKK targets in northern Iraq following deadly Ankara terror attack, Turkish Army says

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

In February 2016, Turkey also carried out artillery bombardments on PKK and YPG in Syria.

Turkish Army on Monday carried out air strikes targeting PKK camps in the mountainous Qandil and Gara regions in northern Iraq, a day after the deadly terror attack that killed at least 37 people in Ankara.

In a written statement, Turkish Army said 11 warplanes carried out the strikes on eighteen recently identified PKK targets, including ammunition depots and shelters and targets have been destroyed.

On Sunday night, a car bomb blasted in Turkey’s Ankara killing 37 people and injuring 125.

The terror attack took place at Kizilay district near Guvenpark, which adjoins a major transportation hub of bus and the central metro station, at 6:45 pm local time (1645 GMT).

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern and eastern regions by the PKK which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, NATO, and the EU.

The PKK resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in late July 2015 after unilaterally ending a two-and-a-half-year-long ceasefire with the government and threatening Turkey with further attacks.

Since then, Turkish Security Forces have killed more than 1,500 PKK terrorists during security operations, while more than 300 people including security officers and civilians have died in consequence of PKK terror attacks in Turkey.

TRTWorld and agencies