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Turkey Launches Air Strikes On PKK


The Turkish Air Force has pounded Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in both Turkey and Iraq, after the rebel group ordered its fighters to halt attacks on Turkish soil.

The military said PKK positions were destroyed in the Metina and Zap areas of northern Iraq in air strikes on October 11.

On October 10, PKK targets were struck in the southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakir.

Dozens of people were reported killed in the strikes.

The raids came after the PKK declared on October 10 a halt to guerrilla activities in Turkey, saying its fighters would avoid actions that could prevent a "fair and just" election being held in Turkey on November 1.

Turkey's government rejected the declaration, saying the Kurdish rebels must lay down arms and leave the country.

Also on October 10, twin bomb attacks on a rally of pro-Kurdish and leftist activists in Ankara killed at least 95 people.

Security sources said they suspected Islamic State militants were behind the attack.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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