Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two others wounded after a mortar attack by Kurdish militants in northern Iraq’s Haftanin region, the Turkish Defense Ministry said late on Wednesday, adding the attack was retaliated.
In a statement, the ministry said Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants had mounted a “harassment attack” on Turkish troops. It 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.
Some 40,000 people have been killed in the fight between Turkish forces and the PKK.