Seven Iraqis were killed in an air strike by a Turkish warplane against PKK targets in Iraq's semi-autonomous northern Kurdish zone on Sunday, a local mayor and eyewitnesses said.
The strike hit a car in which the civilians were travelling, Hassan Abdulla, mayor of the town of Qalat Dizah, located northeast of the city of Sulaimaniya, told Reuters.
"Today there was a rocket from a Turkish plane that hit a civilian vehicle, a pickup, carrying seven civilians. The seven were killed," Abdulla said.
A Reuters witness said he saw six Turkish warplanes take off from a base in southeastern Turkey on Sunday morning but it was not immediately clear where the planes were headed.
Turkish warplanes have been targeting militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) from Wednesday following increased attacks by the militants in southeastern Turkey.
The Turkish General Staff has issued statements on its website confirming three consecutive nights of air strikes on northern Iraq starting on Wednesday night.
The last statement appeared on Saturday morning. There did not appear to have been any air strikes on Saturday night.
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