Civilian wounded in Turkish air strikes in northern Iraq

16:37, July 11, 2010      

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An Iraqi civilian was wounded on Saturday when Turkish warplanes bombed targets in northern Iraq, a local security source told Xinhua.

"The Turkish warplanes entered the airspace of Kurdistan region at about 3:00 a.m. local time (0000 GMT) and bombed villages in mountains in Sedikan area close to the Turkish-Iraqi border," a Kurdish security source said.

The bombardment continued for more than an hour, wounding a civilian and caused panic among the residents of the area along with material damages to citizens' farms and livestock, the source said.

Turkey has long been fighting the banned Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), which is active in eastern Turkey and northern Iraq, and frequently bomb PKK targets in the mountainous area inside Iraq's Kurdistan region.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist group by the Turkish government, the U.S. and the European Union, took up arms in 1984 to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey.



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