Turkish planes bomb northern Iraq-guards

Turkish warplanes PKK bombed targets in northern Iraq on Tuesday.

Turkish planes bomb northern Iraq-guards

Turkish warplanes bombed targets in northern Iraq on Tuesday, destroying a remote bridge but causing no casualties, an Iraqi border guard said, in an apparent attack on PKK militants.

The Turkish military has been stepping up attacks in recent months on PKK militants, who it says use north Iraq's terrain as a hideout from which to launch attacks in southeastern Turkey.

The bombing in the mountainous area around the town of Amadiyah, near the Turkish border, started at 1am (1000 GMT) and carried on until daylight, Lieutenant-Colonel Ihsan Kamal, commander of the border guards' operation room in Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdistan region, told Reuters.

Turkey, the European Union and United States call the PKK a terrorist organisation. Around 40,000 people have been killed in fighting between the PKK and the military since 1984, when the PKK took up arms.

On Saturday and Sunday, Turkish jets bombed PKK targets in the Hakurke region of northern Iraq.

Reuters

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