Ten Turkish Officers Killed in Bomb Attack as Conflict With Kurds Escalates

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Villagers search for the bodies of Turkish soldiers inside a destroyed armoured vehicle near Daglica District, southeastern Turkey on September 7, 2015 in Hakkari. Credit: AFP

Ten Turkish police officers were killed in a bomb attack on a minibus in the eastern Turkish province of Igdir on Tuesday, a government official told Reuters.

The attack came amid a surge in violence between the state and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants. Turkish warplanes struck PKK targets in northern Iraq on Tuesday, two days after a militant attack killed 16 soldiers in Turkey's southeast.

Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish jets carried out airstrikes against Kurdish rebels as well as the militants' camps in northern Iraq. It said up to 40 rebels died in the overnight aerial operations.

The Anadolu Agency said Tuesday that F-16 and F-4 fighter jets bombed a group of up to 25 PKK, believed to have carried out a roadside bomb attack that killed 16 soldiers near the border with Iraq on Sunday. The agency said the jets struck the rebels on their escape routes in Iraq and also targeted six rebel camps there.

A man carries a seized weapon from IS (Islamic State) on September 6 ,2015 in Kobani, northern SyriaCredit: AFP

Anadolu said 53 planes were involved in the strikes.

The agency did not cite a source for report and there was no immediate official confirmation.

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