NATO supports Turkey's anti-terror fight

Other News Materials 21 June 2010 19:44 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 21 / Trend U. Sadikhova /

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has condemned the terrorist attack committed by members of Kurdistan Workers' Party in Turkey.

He expressed full solidarity with the anti-terrorist struggle of Ankara, NATO's official statement said.

"I strongly condemn the recent terrorist attacks being carried out in Turkey, which have caused the deaths of a number of Turkish soldiers in the past few days, and dozens since March.  There is no justification for these terrorist attacks," Secretary General said.

Militants of the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) based in Northern Iraq on Saturday night opened fire from automatic weapons and grenade launchers on the positions of Turkish military men in Shemdinli district of Hakkari province.

Eight soldiers died, 14 were injured.

Four military were killed by mines laid by the separatists.

In response to an attack the Turkish army launched a major military operation in the region.

The air force heavily bombed home base of the separatists in northern Iraq.

As a result, according to the preliminary data published by the General Staff, at least 12 militants were destroyed.

The head of the Turkish government Erdogan and the army general Bashbug on Sunday visited the positions attacked by separatists.

On Monday, Turkish President Abdullah Gul holds emergency meeting with representatives of the political and military leadership on the issues of countering terrorism, in particular the PKK.