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    Turkey Strikes Suspected Kurdish Militant Targets in Northern Iraq After Suicide Attack in Ankara

    Turkey Strikes Suspected Kurdish Militant Targets in Northern Iraq After Suicide Attack in Ankara

    ANKARA, — Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes on suspected Kurdish militant targets in northern on Sunday following a suicide attack on a government building in the Turkish capital, Turkey's defense ministry announced.

    Some 20 targets of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or , were “destroyed” in the latest aerial operation, including caves, shelters and depots, the ministry said, adding that a large number of PKK operatives were “neutralized” in the strikes.

    Earlier on Sunday, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device near an entrance of the Interior Ministry, wounding two police officers. A second assailant was killed in a shootout with police.

    The PKK, which maintains bases in northern Iraq, claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing, according to a news agency close to the rebel group. Turkey's Interior Ministry also identified one of the assailants as a member of the outlawed group. It said efforts were still underway to identify the second attacker.

    The attack happened hours before Turkey's Parliament reopened after its three-month summer recess with an address by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    The two assailants arrived at the scene inside a light commercial vehicle, which they seized from a veterinarian in the central province of Kayseri, according to the Interior Ministry. The -government daily Sabah reported that they shot the man in the head and threw his body into a ditch…

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