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Turkey launches bombing raid after PKK attack

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Turkish war planes have responded to an alleged attack by PKK rebels with bombing raids on Kurdish targets in northern Iraq.

The planes struck areas in the mountainous Kandil and Zap areas where the Kurdistan Workers Party operates a number of bases.

Earlier, 11 Turkish soldiers and a local militia guard died in an ambush in Hakkari province’s Cukurca district.

The soldiers’ convoy was hit by a road mine. A military unit tried to respond to the incident but came under fire resulting in a further 14 wounded.

In July, Kurdish fighters killed 13 soldiers after ending a ceasefire in February.

More than 45,000 people have been killed since the PKK took up arms for self rule in 1984.

The group is considered a terrorist organisation by Ankara and the European Union.