Turkish army hits Kurdish militant targets in N.Iraq overnight

ANKARA Turkish warplanes struck Kurdistan Workers’ Celebration (PKK) militant targets in northern Iraq overnight and a policeman was killed in southeastern Turkey for the duration of clashes with the group.

Turkish jets hit targets in the Qandil, Hakurk, Zap and Avasin Baysan places of northern Iraq, targeting storage units and shelters for the militants, the Turkish army mentioned on Wednesday. The area is part of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish entity identified as Kurdistan.

Separately, a bomb-disposal policeman was killed by sniper fire in the Sur district of Diyarbakir, which has been beneath curfew for eight days.

Eastern Turkey has relapsed into bloodshed since the collapse of a ceasefire with the PKK in July and there is small sign of the violence tailing off.

Final month, Kurdish militants scrapped an additional unilateral truce — called in the wake of an Islamic State suicide bomb attack in Ankara — after President Tayyip Erdogan and the his AK Party, which won back its parliamentary majority in a November election, vowed to liquidate the PKK.

Far more than 40,000 men and women have been killed in the insurgency since it started in 1984. Erdogan oversaw a peace approach with the PKK but that unraveled in July.

The PKK is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

(Reporting by Seyhmus Cakan Writing by Ece Toksabay Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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