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Turkish military bombs targets in N Iraq after PKK attacks in Southeast

ŞIRNAK — Daily News with wires | 6/16/2010 12:00:00 AM |

The Turkish military bombed targets in northern Iraq on Wednesday after an outlawed terrorist group attacked a military base, killing one soldier. (UPDATED)

The Turkish military bombed targets in northern Iraq on Wednesday after an outlawed terrorist group attacked a military base in Southeast Turkey, killing one soldier, the military said.

Before the air raid, the Turkish Armed Forces also said land troopers marched two to three kilometers past the northern Iraq border.

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, attacked a military base in Şırnak province in southeastern Turkey, close to the country's border with Iraq, at 1 a.m. Wednesday, the Turkish General Staff said in a written statement. One soldier died in the attack.

The Turkish military responded to the PKK attack by sending three commando divisions and a specialized battalion to chase the attackers into northern Iraq. Four PKK members died in the fighting.

The military later conducted an air strike on targets in northern Iraq in coordination with the land raid.

The clashes between the military, which was supported by helicopters, and PKK members lasted through Wednesday morning.

[HH] Attack in Şırnak

A specialized sergeant was killed and a village guard was wounded in the clash with the PKK in the rural Uludere district of Şırnak.

Three soldiers were wounded in the clash, which started late Tuesday and lasted until the early hours Wednesday, the Doğan news agency reported.

The fighting in Şırnak began when a group of PKK members opened fire on Turkish border guards from three separate positions on the Iraqi side of the frontier, Anatolia news agency said.

The PKK has long taken refuge in remote mountainous bases in northern Iraq which they use as a launching pad for attacks against Turkish targets across the border.

In another incident late Tuesday, a suspected PKK militant was arrested in Turkey's southeastern city of Hakkari on suspicion that he was planning an attack on the police.

The suspect carried a rocket launcher, hand grenades, a gun and bullets when anti-terror police surrounded and detained him in the city center, authorities said.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the European Union and the United States, took up arms in 1984, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

[HH] Soldier dies in mine blast

Another soldier died and three were wounded Tuesday in a mine blast in the region, the governor of Şırnak announced. The wounded were taken to a military hospital in Şırnak.

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