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Jets hit Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey

The air strikes are believed to the first on Kurdish militants inside Turkey since 2011

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Turkish jets on Tuesday hit Kurdish militants in southeastern Turkey after the group fired on security forces, the army said.

“Two F-16 jets carried out air strikes at 1510 local time (1210 GMT) against the terrorist group” in a mountainous region bordering Iraq, the army said in a statement, referring to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

"The targets were directly hit," it said.

The air strikes are believed to the first on Kurdish militants inside Turkey since a 2011 botched raid by F-16 jets that killed 34 civilians near Uludere in Kurdish-majority southeast.

The dead turned out to have been mainly cigarette smugglers.

The Turkish military has stepped up strikes against Kurdish militants inside Turkey and in northern Iraq after a series of deadly attacks blamed on the PKK, designated as a terrorist group by Ankara and its Western allies.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that the peace process with Kurdish rebels cannot continue in the face of attacks on Turkish targets.