06.06.2021 – 19:53
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced today that a senior member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) had been killed in a Turkish intelligence operation in Iraq.
According to Erdogan, Kurdish military leader Salman Bozkir, also known as “Doctor Hussein”, was at the head of the PKK in Mahmur, a Kurdish refugee camp in northern Iraq.
“We will not allow this separatist and destructive organization to use Mahmur as an incubator of terrorism. “We will continue to eradicate terrorism at its source,” the Turkish president said in a Twitter post.
“All terrorists will have the same end,” warned the Turkish presidency’s communications chief, Fahrettin Altun.
Camp Mahmur, set up by the UN in the 1990s to house Turkish Kurds, was bombed on Saturday by a Turkish drone. A Kurdish lawmaker from the camp told AFP that three civilians had been killed in the bombings.
Ankara often accuses the PKK of taking control of the camp, 250km south of the Turkish border. Turkey also claims that Iraq remains inactive and has no choice but to wage war on Iraqi soil against the PKK. Earlier last week, Erdogan warned that “if the United Nations does not clear the area (including Camp Mahmur), then we will take over.”