Turkish jets hit PKK in southeast Turkey, northern Iraq

Turkish jets hit PKK in southeast Turkey, northern Iraq

Strikes over weekend hit terrorist targets, security source says

By Sarp Ozer

ANKARA (AA) - Turkey’s air force have carried out a series of attacks on PKK terrorist sites in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq, a security source said Sunday.

Airstrikes hit PKK targets in Yuksekova district, Hakkari province, and in Diyarbakir province’s Lice district on Saturday, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Turkish jets also bombed PKK bases in the Avasin, Qandil and Gara areas of northern Iraq. The source did not give specifics of the targets destroyed.

On Friday, air attacks killed 20 PKK terrorists in Hakkari’s Semdinli district, the source added. Hakkari lies in Turkey’s far southeast, bordered by Iraq and Iran.

In neighboring Sirnak province, a PKK terrorist was killed and a village guard wounded in fighting late Saturday. The guard died in hospital Sunday.

The PKK - listed as a terrorist organization also by Turkey, the U.S. and EU - resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015. Since then, around 500 security personnel have been martyred and more than 4,900 PKK terrorists killed.

* Diyar Guldogan contributed to this story.

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