Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two others wounded after a mortar attack by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq’s Haftanin region on March 25, the Turkish Defense Ministry said.
In a statement, the ministry said a “harassment attack” was undertaken on Turkish troops by the members of the “separatist terror organization members,” Turkey’s description of the PKK.
The ministry said “targets identified in the region” were struck and destroyed immediately in retaliation.
Shortly after, the ministry said in a separate statement that Turkish warplanes had hit four targets in the region, killing eight PKK militants.
The PKK is designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.