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Turkey hits Kurdish militants with airstrikes days after Istanbul bombing

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Turkey targeted Kurdish militants in northern Syria and Iraq with a series of airstrikes on Sunday, days after a bombing attack that killed six people in Istanbul.

Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Syrian People’s Protection Units (YPG) military bases have been attacked, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said in a statement.

“Shelters, bunkers, caves, tunnels and warehouses owned by terrorists have been destroyed with great success,” Akar said. “The headquarters of a so-called terrorist organization was also destroyed in a direct hit.”

A view showing the aftermath of an air strike announced by the Turkish Defense Ministry in Derik, Syria, on November 20, 2022.
(Distributed by North Press Agency/REUTERS)

People visit the damaged site of a Turkish airstrike that hit a power plant in the village of Thakur Bakr in Syria's Hasakeh province on Sunday, November 20, 2022.

People visit the damaged site of a Turkish airstrike that hit a power plant in the village of Thakur Bakr in Syria’s Hasakeh province on Sunday, November 20, 2022.
(AP Photo/Baderkan Ahmad)

Turkish officials have blamed the PKK and YPG for a bombing in Istanbul last Sunday that killed six people and injured dozens. Both groups deny any involvement.

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Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin tweeted, “It’s time to count Istiklal,” a reference to the street where the bombing took place.

Bulgarian prosecutors have arrested five people in connection with the bombing, Reuters said. Three men from Moldova and one man and woman of Syrian-Kurdish descent.

People leave the area after an explosion on Istanbul's popular pedestrian Istiklal Street on Sunday, November 13, 2022.

People leave the area after an explosion hit Istanbul’s popular pedestrian Istiklal Street on Sunday, November 13, 2022.
(via Ismail Coskun/IHA AP)

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The PKK, which has fought rebels in Turkey since 1984, is considered a terrorist group by both Turkey and the United States, although the United States has allied with the YPG in its fight against ISIS in Syria.

“We are determined, determined and able to save our country and our country from the scourge of terrorism that has plagued our country for 40 years,” Akar said Sunday. Said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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