TURKISH WARPLANES TARGET KURDISH MILITANTS, AT LEAST 27 KILLED

TURKISH WARPLANES TARGET KURDISH MILITANTS, AT LEAST 27 KILLED

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According to Reuters media agency, Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq and southeast Turkey and the army killed 27 fighters near its borders with Iraq and Iran, the armed forces said on Sunday.

Air strikes on Saturday destroyed gun positions and shelters and caves used by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the Gara area of northern Iraq and the countryside of Lice district in Diyarbakir province, the statement said.

It did not give a death toll but state-run Anadolu Agency cited security sources as saying small groups of PKK militants were killed in those strikes.

Separately, seven PKK militants were killed in a clash in Semdinli near the Iraqi and Iranian borders on Saturday, while air strikes in Semdinli on Friday killed 20 PKK fighters, it said.

The media agency added that the air strikes in Lice were conducted after the Diyarbakir governor’s office declared a curfew there on Saturday. It said the curfew was lifted on Sunday morning after the completion of military operations there.

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