Turkish jets kill, injure top PKK terrorists in N.Iraq

In this undated file photo, senior PKK figure Rıza Altun, left, walks next to the terror group’s leader Abdullah Öcalan. (AA Photo)

Rıza Altun, a senior figure close to the PKK terror group's acting leader Cemil Bayık, was severely wounded in Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq's Qandil mountains, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) announced Wednesday.

In a joint operation, Turkish army and intelligence units last week hit several senior targets at the terrorist PKK's base on Mt. Qandil, northern Iraq, security sources said on Wednesday.

The operation last Thursday was ordered in light of intelligence that Rıza Altun, top aide to PKK leader Cemil Bayık, and other senior terrorists were set to hold a meeting on Qandil, near the Iranian border, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Using precise coordinates supplied by Turkish intelligence, the strikes by Turkish jets seriously injured Altun.

The operation also neutralized several top terrorist PKK targets, including its so-called foreign relations officer "Navdar," codenamed Mikail Özdemir, so-called spokesman "Serhat Varto," codenamed Emrullah Dursun, and the so-called Qandil regional manager "Sinan Sor," code-named Ali Aktaş.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including many women and children.

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