April 19, 2016 / 12:52 PM / a year ago

Turkish warplanes hits Kurdish militant PKK targets in Iraq: statement

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes struck targets of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq on Monday, the military said in a statement on Tuesday.

Thousands of militants and hundreds of civilians and soldiers have been killed since the PKK resumed its fight for Kurdish autonomy last summer, ending a 2-1/2-year ceasefire and shattering peace efforts.

Turkish warplanes have frequently struck PKK targets since the conflict revived, mainly hitting the group's bases in northern Iraq.

Reporting by Orhan Coskun and Seda Sezer; Editing by David Dolan

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