Middle East News
Turkish planes PKK in northern Iraq (Roundup)
Dec 16, 2007, 14:21 GMT
Istanbul - Turkish fighter jets bombed Sunday several positions of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, including a raid on their headquarters, Turkish reports said.
One person was killed and six injured in the attack on the headquarters, Dogan news agency reported quoting Iraqi security sources.
The planes also hit PKK positions in villages in the Kandil mountains, the Turkish General staff said.
The Kandil mountains is a region further away from the border and often cited by Turkey as a PKK hideout and a hub for its military operations.
The attacks continued for more than three hours. One woman was killed, Turkish news channel CNN-Turk reported citing Kurdish sources in northern Iraq.
A total of 10 villages were bombarded and 20 planes used in the attacks, the reports said.
According to Turkish estimates, some 3,000 PKK fighters are positioned in the northern Iraqi mountains, neighbouring Turkey.
At the beginning of December, special units of the Turkish military for the first time attacked the PKK rebels in northern Iraq after the parliament had given its authorization.
The PKK is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.© 2007 dpa - Deutsche Presse-Agentur