8 Turkish soldiers killed in suicide bombing

Turkey's foreign minister asserted his country's right to act against PKK in northern Iraq on Monday, while news reports said a suicide bombing had killed eight soldiers at a military outpost in southeastern Turkey.

8 Turkish soldiers killed in suicide bombing
Turkey's foreign minister asserted his country's right to act against PKK in northern Iraq on Monday, while news reports said a suicide bombing had killed eight soldiers at a military outpost in southeastern Turkey.

Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul told European Union officials visiting Ankara that "we have every right to take measures against terrorist activities directed at us from northern Iraq," he said during a news conference.

Turkey's political and military leaders have been debating whether to stage an incursion into northern Iraq to try to root out terrorist bases there.

However, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he "did not get the impression that Turkey would stage an incursion."

On Monday, a pro-Kurdish news agency reported that Turkish troops shelled a border area in northern Iraq for a second day in an attack on Kurdish terrorists based there.

The report could not immediately be confirmed. In southeastern Turkey, Kurdish terrorists staged a daylight suicide attack on a military outpost, killing eight soldiers and injuring 10 others, the private Dogan news agency said.

The terrorists attacked the outpost near the town of Pulumur in Tunceli province, it said.

The leader of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, Massoud Barzani, confirmed shelling by Turkish troops on Kurdish areas early Sunday but said there was no Turkish incursion.

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