Turkey hits Kurdish rebels deep inside Iraq

By the Associated Press | June 24, 2012 | 11:07 AM EDT

Turks hold a national flag as they march in Ankara, Turkey to protest the killings of soldiers , Wednesday, June 20, 2012, a day after Kurdish rebels attacked Turkish military units with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades in the Daglica area of Hakkari province which borders northern Iraq Kurdish areas in southeastern Turkey, sparking clashes that killed eight soldiers and 18 rebels.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish warplanes have bombed Kurdish rebel hideouts deep inside northern Iraq, and Kurdish rebels killed one policeman and wounded three others in a roadside bomb attack inside Turkey on Sunday, authorities said.

The military said on its website Sunday that warplanes bombed nine shelters and caves — mostly in the Mount Qandil area, where the main rebel base is located on the Iraqi-Iranian border. It said the raids began Friday.

They were the second Turkish air campaign against rebel hideouts in Iraq in a week following the killing of eight Turkish soldiers along the Iraq border on Tuesday.

The military said more than 30 rebels have been killed during clashes within Turkey following Tuesday's attack.

Kurdish rebels have used northern Iraq as a springboard for attacks on Turkish targets in their decades-long fight for autonomy in Turkey's Kurdish-dominated southeast.

In that region Sunday, rebels killed one policeman and wounded three in a roadside bomb explosion near the town of Derik in Mardin province, Gov. Turhan Ayvaz of Mardin province told the state-run Anadolu Agency.

The conflict has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people since 1984.