Alwaght- Turkey says its warplanes have carried out raids on targets linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq following a suicide attack on a government building in capital Ankara.
A Turkish interior ministry statement on Sunday said some 20 targets of the banned PKK group were “destroyed” in the aerial operation, including caves, shelters and depots.
The military ramped up air strikes in Iraq’s PKK bases in Gara, Hakurk, Metina and Qandil, the statement said.
This comes after an attack on government buildings claimed by the PKK.
"A sacrificial action was carried out against the Turkish Interior Ministry by a team from our Immortal Brigade," the PKK told the ANF news agency, which is close to the Kurdish movement.
The blast killed one of the terrorists and authorities "neutralized," the other, the interior minister said of the incident that rattled a central district that is home to ministerial buildings and nearby parliament.
In a speech at the opening of a new parliamentary session hours later, President Tayyip Erdogan said "those who threaten the peace and security of citizens have not achieved their goals and never will."