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Turkish airstrikes kill 13 PKK militants in northern Iraq

Baku, May 28, AZERTAC

Turkish military launched airstrike on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq on early Sunday, killing 13 PKK militants, the military said in a statement, according to Xinhua.

The warplanes struck seven PKK targets in Avasin-Basyan region of northern Iraq, killing at least 13 militants believed to be preparing for an attack, the statement said.

The airstrike also destroyed two caves, two blockhouses, two weapon pits and a shelter used by the PKK, the statement added.

Earlier in a separate airstrike in Turkey's eastern Van province on Saturday night, 10 PKK militants were killed, three weapons depots and a hideout were destroyed.

The PKK, which founded in 1978 and resumed armed campaign in southeast Turkey since July 2015, has camps in the mountains of northern Iraq, near the Turkish border. Turkey, the United States and the European Union list the PKK as terrorist organization.

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