KRG vows to punish attackers of Turkish base in N.Iraq

The regional government in northern Iraq on Saturday stated the perpetrators of an attack on a Turkish military base in the region will be punished.

"There are provocateurs behind the attack and they will be punished," the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) said in a statement.

The KRG will launch a comprehensive investigation into the incident, read the statement.

Earlier on Saturday, the Turkish Defense Ministry said a base belonging to Turkish Armed Forces in northern Iraq was attacked after PKK terror group's provocation.

"As a result of the provocation of the PKK terrorist organization, an attack took place in our base area located in northern Iraq," the ministry said in a statement.

There was a partial damage to vehicles and equipment in the attack, it said, adding that necessary measures were being taken regarding the incident.

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu discussed the issue with KRG leader Nechirvan Barzani in a telephone conversation on Saturday evening.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- recognized as a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S., and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people.

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