12 PKK militants killed in airstrikes in Turkey, Iraq

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Ankara, July 31 (IANS) A total of 12 outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants were killed in separate counter operations in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq Saturday, military statements said on Sunday.

The operations in northern Iraq were conducted in the Zap and Matina regions, killing three terrorists who were allegedly preparing for an attack and destroying some weapon pits and caves, Xinhua quoted the Turkish Armed Forces as saying.

Another airstrike was conducted in Beytussebap district of Turkey’s southeastern Sirnak province, killing nine PKK militants, including one senior member.

One Turkish soldier was also killed in an anti-PKK operation in southeastern Hakkari province, local media reported.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the EU, has resumed its armed campaign against the Turkish government since July 2015.

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