Turkey: Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants killed 24 turkish soldiers, army enters in Iraq in retaliation
Kurdish rebels killed 24 soldiers and policemen Wednesday in a series of pre-dawn attacks in south-eastern Turkey, inflicting the heaviest single blow on the Turkish military for years.
Turkey responded with airstrikes on suspected bases of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq while Turkish troops crossed the Iraqi border in pursuit of the rebels, the NTV channel reported.
By late Wednesday, CNNTurk was reporting a total of 21 PKK members killed in those operations, either in Turkey or northern Iraq - although there was no official confirmation of that figure.
PKK members attacked a military hostel at 1 am on Wednesday (2200 GMT Tuesday) in Cukurca, a town on Turkey’s border with Iraq, the Dogan agency reported.