PKK says Turkey bombs north Iraq after ambush

Turkey bombed bases of the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in north Iraq on Wednesday, a PKK spokesman said, after the group claimed an ambush that killed eight Turkish soldiers. "Turkish jets targeted our bases in different areas inside Iraq," Dozdar Hammo told AFP. He said the bombing began about 9:30 pm (1830 GMT) and targeted bases in areas near the Turkish border including Qandil, Khanairah, Al-Zab and Jabal Mattine. "Until now, there is no information on casualties," he added. Pro-Kurdish news agency Firat meanwhile said in Turkey that 13 Turkish fighter aircraft were involved in the attack and hit at least five targets. The Turkish armed forces which have not attacked PKK bases in Iraq since last year did not confirm the raids. The PKK spokesman had earlier in the day said that the banned group carried out an ambush on Turkish troops, in which Ankara said eight soldiers and a village guard were killed. On June 16, the PKK, blacklisted as a terrorist group by Turkey as well as the European Union and the United States, killed 13 soldiers in Diyarbakir, another southeastern province. Turkey's conflict with the PKK has claimed more than 45,000 lives since it broke out in 1984. by Gersende Rambourg (c) 2011 AFP

Source: AFP
Date: Aug 17, 2011