Turkish air strikes kill 13 Kurdish militants

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey Fri Nov 9, 2012 2:16pm IST

Related Topics

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish air force jets and attack helicopters pounded Kurdish militants along the border with Iraq on Thursday, killing 13, the local governor's office and security sources said on Friday.

The attack was launched after a drone identified a group of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants on the second day of operations in Turkey's southeastern province of Hakkari, bordering Iraq and Iran, the Hakkari governor's office said.

Following a tip-off, one PKK fighter was also killed in a clash on the Habesti plateau on Thursday, the statement said. One Turkish soldier was killed in subsequent clashes.

There was an upsurge in PKK attacks in southeast Turkey during the summer, notably in the Hakkari region.

Ankara has linked the increased violence to the chaos in neighbouring Syria, accusing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of resuming support for the PKK and arming the militants.

More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which launched its insurgency in 1984 with the aim of carving out a separate state in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey.

The PKK is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and European Union.

(Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Alistair Lyon)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

UKRAINE CRISIS

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Missing Plane

Missing Plane

Ocean floor search for missing Malaysia plane cut short again.  Full Article 

Ferry Sinks

Ferry Sinks

More than 300 people missing after South Korea ferry sinks - coastguard.  Full Article 

Corruption Row

Corruption Row

Australian state premier resigns over A$3,000 bottle of wine gift.  Full Article 

Inside Syria

Inside Syria

U.N. Security Council members view graphic photos of Syria dead.  Full Article 

China Pollution

China Pollution

Beijing says one third of its pollution comes from outside the city.  Full Article 

Mudslide Toll

Mudslide Toll

Death toll from Washington state mudslide rises to 37.  Full Article 

Sanctions On Iran

Sanctions On Iran

Rouhani says Iran sanctions will unravel in months.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage