Turkish forces kill 5 PKK fighters in Batman

By REUTERS
February 3, 2012 19:03

DIYARBAKIR - Turkish security forces killed five Kurdish insurgents on Friday after discovering them hiding in a cave in the southeastern province of Batman, while warplanes launched strikes on militant targets in northern Iraq.

A statement on the military's website said the air strikes were successful and the planes had returned to base, but gave no other details.

The government has said it will hold a full investigation into an air strike on the Iraqi border on Dec. 28 that killed 35 civilians, described as cigarette and diesel smugglers, after they had been mistaken for militants.


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