30 Dec '11, 12pm

Turkish air strike kills 35 Kurds in apparent 'blunder'

Turkish air strike kills 35 Kurds in apparent 'blunder'

People look at bodies lying on the ground after Turkey's air force attacked suspected Kurdish rebel targets across the border in Iraq, killing some tens of people, many of them believed to be smugglers mistaken for guerrillas, near the Turkish village of Ortasu in Sirnak, Turkey, Thursday, Dec 29. 2011. -- PHOTO: AP ULUDERE, Turkey (AFP) - Turkish fighter jets killed 35 Kurds in an air strike the country's ruling party admitted could have been a 'blunder' that mistakenly hit civilians instead of Kurdish separatists. Turkey's military command said it had launched an air raid on Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants after a spy drone spotted a group moving toward its sensitive south-eastern border under cover of darkness late on Wednesday. 'According to initial reports, these people were smugglers and not terrorists,' said Mr Huseyin Celik, vice-president of the governing...

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