Turkish jets bomb PKK bases in northern Iraq

17:46, July 02, 2010      

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Turkish jets bombed the bases and camps of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, Turkish military said in a statement on Friday.

Turkish fighter jets bombed targets belonging to the PKK organization in north of Iraq late Thursday night and early Friday morning, Turkish General Staff announced in the statement on its website.

The statement said that fighter jets bombed the PKK targets in Qandil Mountain and Hakurk region in northern Iraq.

The fighter jets carried out a precision bombing, hitting the PKK targets, it added.

The air strike was conducted only against the PKK organization and Turkey has displayed the necessary sensitivity, avoiding any harm to civilians, said the statement.

Late on Wednesday, 17 people were killed in clash between PKK members and the Turkish security forces in east Turkey, the Turkish General Staff said in another statement on its web site on Thursday.

The statement said one officer, one sergeant and three village guards were killed by PKK members in the rural area of Pervari town in Siirt province, while the Turkish security forces also killed 12 PKK rebels during the clash.

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