The Turkish military found 13 kidnapped Turkish citizens dead in a cave during an operation against the PKK in northern Iraq. For Ankara, the culprit has been determined.
The Turkey has a military operation against the Kurdish Workers’ Party PKK im Northern Iraq started.
The Turkish government under Recep Tayyip Erdogan justifies the operation with “self-defense”.
Thirteen kidnapped Turkish citizens were found dead during the operation.
Ankara – During an operation against the Kurdish Workers’ Party PKK im Northern Iraq According to official information, the Turkish military kidnapped 13 Turks found dead in a cave. “I wish we could have got our 13 citizens out of there safely,” said Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Sunday. For security reasons, the kidnapping was not announced beforehand.
Turkey: Military operation against PKK in northern Iraq
The military of Turkey Akar said that he had previously fought heavy battles with PKK fighters and, among other things, brought the cave under their control. During the search, the 13 bodies were found. According to initial findings, twelve people were shot in the head and another was shot in the shoulder, Akar said.
The y were unarmed. Two captured PKK fighters testified that the prisoners were executed shortly before the start of the operation in the area.
The re was initially no explanation from the PKK.
The Turkey started a large-scale operation against the PKK in northern Iraq on Wednesday in the northern Iraqi province of Dohuk.
The government under Recep Tayyip Erdogan justifies the procedure among other things with self-defense. During a similar mission by Turkey in the summer, the Scientific Service of the Bundestag questioned whether it would be compatible with international law.
Turkey: Large-scale operation against PKK
The Turkish government and the PKK have been fighting each other for decades.
The military repeatedly takes action against PKK positions in the south-east of the country and in northern Iraq.
The PKK applies in the Turkey, Europe and the USA as a terrorist organization.
The Turkey sees the Northern Iraq as a retreat for the PKK at. Turkish aircraft regularly attack positions of the Kurdish militia in the mountainous areas Northern Iraq from the air. (marv / dpa)