Three PKK fighters killed, one wounded in Turkish airstrike close to Duhok city

Days after Turkey killed Iraqi military commanders
The aftermath of a Turkish airstrike that killed three PKK fighters and wounded one other on August 13, 2020 (NRT Digital Media/Screenshot)

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SULAIMANI — Three Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters were killed and another was wounded in a Turkish airstrike on their vehicle in Duhok governorate on Thursday night (August 13), according to a local official.

The wounded PKK fighter was reportedly able to flee.

The attack occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Rashanke village in Zawita sub-district, 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) east of Duhok city, sub-district director Mushir Guli told an NRT reporter.

The missile strike ignited a brushfire, which could not immediately be contained by firefighting crews due to the suspected presence of mines in the area.

Turkey is currently conducting intense military operations in the Kurdistan Region and northern Iraq, which it says in necessary to combat the PKK and affiliated groups.

The strike comes just days after two Iraqi border guard commanders, along with their driver, were killed in a Turkish airstrike in northern Erbil governorate, where they had traveled to meet with PKK representatives to resolve a security dispute in the area. A PKK fighter was also killed in the strike.

Iraqi authorities reacted furiously to the killings, but so far have only responded by canceling a visit by the Turkish defense minister and lodging a note of protest with Ankara’s ambassador to Baghdad.

Additionally, at least six civilians have been killed since it launched the latest round of operations on June 15.

It is the second Turkish strike to hit a target near Duhok city this month, a major population center.

(NRT Digital Media)