Six PKK fighters killed in Turkish strikes in Kurdistan Region: group

Members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on a road in the Qandil Mountains. (AFP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) military wing said on Saturday six of its fighters were killed in Turkish strikes in the Kurdistan Region.

The People’s Defense Forces (HPG) said the fighters were killed in Mam Rasho heights in Avashin region in the Kurdistan Region’s Shiladze sub-district.

“All the fighters were killed by Turkish airstrikes in the tunnels of Mam Rasho,” the HPG said in a statement.

Turkey has conducted numerous ground and aerial cross-border offensives into the Kurdistan Region to attack the PKK fighters, who maintains bases in the region.

On Thursday, Turkish warplanes bombed two PKK vehicles in Dilya village in Mangeshke sub-district, 24.5 km northeast of Duhok. At least four PKK fighters were killed in the strike.

The PKK, designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and European Union, took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict, focused in southeast Turkey.

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