Tue Jul 3, 2012 3:30AM
A file photo of members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)

A file photo of members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)

Turkey’s military says its warplanes have bombed several Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) strongholds in northern Iraq. The Turkish military command said in a statement on Monday that it hit "three targets belonging to the separatist terrorist organization," after reconnaissance flights located their hideouts, AFP reported. The attacks came after PKK militants on June 19 attacked an army outpost near the Iraqi border, killing eight Turkish soldiers and wounding at least 19. The army said in a separate statement that 25 militants were killed and another 23 injured when warplanes attacked PKK hideouts on June 24. The army released the statement on the same day that a court in Istanbul began the trial of some 200 suspects allegedly linked to the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK), which is believed to be the political wing of the PKK. Listed as a terrorist group by Ankara and most of the international community, the PKK is held responsible by Turkey for the loss of nearly 45,000 lives over the past two decades. JMA/MF/HJL
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