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Turkey air strikes wound one in north Iraq-official

ARBIL, Iraq: Turkish fighter jets have wounded one civilian after carrying out more air strikes on northern Iraq in an ongoing campaign to counter Kurdish separatist rebels hiding in camps there, a local official said on Wednesday.

Turkey has been conducting air raids against camps of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) hidden in Iraq's northern mountains since August following the breakdown of a ceasefire and an increase in separatist attacks on Turkey by the PKK.

"The Turkish air strike took place late last night ... and lasted for an hour and targeted a number of villages and resulted in serious injuries to a shepherd," Hassan Abdulla, a local mayor said.

Turkey has not commented on the most recent raid.

The PKK, listed as terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States, launches attacks from hideouts inside the mountains bordering southern Turkey as part of their fight for more Kurdish autonomy and rights.

Turkey and Iran have often skirmished with rebels in the region and Turkish leaders vowed revenge last month with air and ground strikes after the PKK killed 24 Turkish soldiers in raids on military outposts in the south of the country.

 

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