25 PKK militants killed in air raids
ŞIRNAK - Doğan News Agency (DHA)
Handout photoTwenty-five members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were killed in air raids between Sept. 5 and 9, the Turkish Armed Forces said in a statement released today.
Fourteen target areas in northern Iraq were struck in the air raids, and a total of 32 hideouts and dwellings, three warehouses and one vehicle fitted with a DShK ("Doçka") anti-aircraft weapon were destroyed.
The military said preliminary intelligence reports indicated that 25 militants from the PKK were killed in the raids.
26 PKK militants killed in land operation
Twenty-six PKK militants, meanwhile, were killed in clashes with Turkish soldiers in the Şemdinli district of the eastern province of Hakkari yesterday.
Security forces were conducting an operation when they encountered PKK militants near the district's Bağlar village at around 5:45 p.m. Specialist Sgt. Güner Erdem and private Çetin Doğan were killed in the ensuing clashes that lasted until 10 p.m. The rest of the soldiers pressed on with the operation, reports said, and 26 PKK militants were killed in clashes that lasted until morning. One female militant was also captured alive.
The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.