100 PKK Members Killed in Raids, Turkish Military Announces

 @ceylanwrites on August 23 2011 1:26 PM
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100 PKK members killed in Turkish Raids Reuters

Up to 100 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) have been killed by Turkish military raids in northern Iraq since Wednesday, the Turkish General Staff has announced.

The military have carried out 130 airstrikes and nearly 350 artillery strikes from last week until Monday. It is impossible to ascertain the number of terrorists killed, the military's statement read, but the initial information received shows that 90-100 terrorists were killed, more than 80 were injured and transferred to nearby hospitals and villages.Many terrorists fled to nearby villages and used the locals as human shields, according to military reports. 

The Turkish attacks come after PKK fighters ambushed a Turkish troop convoy, killing nine soldiers and injuring 14.  

During the Turkish raids seventy-three hiding places and bomb shelters, 18 caves, eight depots, 14 facilities, an ammunition store, nine anti-aircraft stations and three control points were effectively destroyed.

According to the BBC, most of the 132 targets reportedly hit were described by the army as shelters but they also included nine anti-aircraft sites and one arms dump.

PKK spokesman, Ahmed Denis said if Turkey continued its attacks the PKK would go to war with Turkey.

The PKK is deemed a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and the U.S. 

 

 

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