SE Turkey: Nearly 100 PKK militants reported killed or injured

About 100 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants were either killed or wounded in the anti-terrorism operation in southeastern Hakkari province, Turkish army said in a statement on its website Saturday.

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Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters prepare to join others near a position which has been hit by Islamic State car bombs in Sinjar, March 11, 2015. Women fighters at a PKK base on Mount Sinjar in northwest Iraq, just like their male counterparts, have to be ready for action at any time. Smoke from the front line, marking their battle against Islamic State, which launched an assault on northern Iraq last summer, is visible from the base. Many of the women have cut links with their families back home; the fighters come from all corners of the Kurdish region. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih PICTURE 27 OF 32 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "KURDISH WOMEN BATTLE ISLAMIC STATE" ?SEARCH "WAGUIH PKK" FOR ALL IMAGES - RTX1AUIN

The remaining militants retreated back to northern Iraq, the statement added.

Intense clashes have been ongoing in the Hakkari region since a large scale operation was launched on Friday against the PKK in the nearby Cukurca district bordering Iraq.

Two PKK hide-outs were hit by warplanes and 33 PKK members were killed, 30 wounded.

Many PKK hide-outs were destroyed in the raid which was supported by an airborne operation.

The statement said the Sept. 3 operation has been the biggest blow to the PKK terrorists in recent years.

Meanwhile, the ongoing clashes between security forces and the PKK terrorists left eight soldiers dead and eight others wounded.

A total of 11 soldiers were killed in two separate PKK attacks late Friday in the eastern Van and southeastern Mardin provinces.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Turkey.


5 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in PKK attack in SE Turkey

Five soldiers were killed and six others wounded Saturday during a terror attack launched by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in Turkish southeastern province of Hakkari, Dogan News Agency reported.

The wounded were brought to Hakkari State Hospital for treatment.

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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