Turkey hits Kurdish rebels deep inside Iraq
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.