Istanbul: The Turkish military says 100 terror elements of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have been killed and over 80 of them injured in a recent wave of airstrikes against their positions in northern Iraq.“According to initial information obtained, between 90 and 100 terrorists were rendered ineffective (a military term for “kill”); more than 80 wounded terrorists were moved to hospitals or villages, and contact with a high number of terrorists was cut,” said a statement posted on the website of Turkey’s armed forces on Tuesday.
The military has vowed to continue its offensives against the group both inside Turkey and across its border with Iraq’s Kurdistan region.
PKK, however, has so far denied any losses and pointed out that areas hit by by Turkish warplanes were long-abandoned bases.
Turkish forces have launched successive strikes on bases the terror group in Iraq since Wednesday, hours after the group killed 11 Turkish soldiers and a Turkish security guard in an ambush in the border Hakkari province in southwestern Turkey.
Some 40 Turkish soldiers have lost their lives in PKK attacks since July.
Ankara says some 2,000 PKK militants operate close to the common border in northern Iraq.
The Kurdish group, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by much of the international community, has been waging a terror campaign against the central government in Turkey since 1984 in a quest for a separate Kurdish state in southwestern Turkey.