Turkish raid may have killed PKK chief Karayilan

Turkish air raids on PKK militants in northern Iraq were targeting a top-level meeting of PKK, and may have killed the group's chief, Hurriyet newspaper said.

Turkish raid may have killed PKK chief Karayilan

Turkish air raids on PKK militants in northern Iraq were targeting a top-level meeting of PKK, and may have killed the group's chief, Bloomberg reported, based on Hurriyet newspaper.

Hürriyet did not say where it got the information.

Turkey's military commanders in Ankara have received information that Murat Karayilan, operational head of the PKK, was killed in the air raids that began late on May 1, the newspaper said.

Turkey initiated the strike based on information that Karayilan was heading a meeting of about 200 PKK members, the newspaper said.

The raid killed "more than 150" PKK militants. and senior militants may be among the dead, the military said in a statement on its Web site yesterday.

Karayilan took over control of the PKK's military attacks following Turkey's 1999 capture of Abdullah Ocalan, the group's founder and leader.

Last Mod: 05 Mayıs 2008, 11:31
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