On October 1, 2023, the Turkish army conducted airstrikes on targets associated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq. The Ministry of Defense of Turkey reported that these airstrikes resulted in the destruction of 20 objects in several regions, including Metina, Hakurk, Qandil, and Gara. This military operation comes in response to recent terrorist activities attributed to the banned PKK, including an attack near the Ministry of Internal Affairs building in Ankara.
The Turkish Ministry of Defense confirmed the airstrikes on PKK targets through a statement on Twitter, revealing that the operation targeted multiple regions in the north of Iraq. The statement read,
"In the north of Iraq, airstrikes were carried out on terrorist targets in Metina, Hakurk, Qandil, and Gara regions."
It was further disclosed that a total of 20 objects were destroyed during the airstrikes.
PKK, which is banned in Turkey, claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack near the Ministry of Internal Affairs building in Ankara. The group's statement was published on the website of the ANF agency, which is known to have close ties to the organization.
PKK claimed responsibility for the attack in Ankara stating that PKK members entered the Ministey of internal affairs building and killed a guard. The Ministry, however, issued a counter-statement, clarifying that two policemen sustained slight injuries in the incident, and there were no fatalities among them.
In the morning of October 1, an explosion occurred near the Ministry of Internal Affairs building in Kizilay Square, located in the heart of Ankara. During the incident, one of the terrorists was killed, while the second was "neutralized" by security forces.
The Kurdistan Workers' Party, commonly known as the PKK, has been involved in a long-standing conflict in Turkey, where it has been fighting for Kurdish rights and autonomy. The organization was formed in 1978 and has been labeled a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.