Turkish military: 35 Kurd rebels killed in clashes
The Turkish military is claiming it has killed 35 Kuridish rebels in an attack on Friday. The rebels were allegedly trying to infiltrate Turkey from a base in Northern Iraq.
Turkey's military intercepted Kurdish rebel radio chatter indicating that up to 35 guerrillas had been killed in recent clashes with troops, officials said Friday.
Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Metin Gurak read out a transcript of a conversation that reportedly took place among the rebels Oct. 14, when troops and Cobra helicopters attacked a group of rebels who were allegedly trying to infiltrate Turkey from northern Iraq.
The intercepted conversation indicated that the rebels buried some bodies and took away the rest apparently to disguise their heavy losses. The rebels were also ordered to kill some of their injured fighters, according to the radio communication.
"We have hidden 11 of our friends," Gurak read from the alleged rebel transcript.
Gurak said the military, however, was not able to confirm the rebel deaths in the rugged area.
The Turkish military has long accused the rebels of hiding their dead to appear victorious. There was no immediate rebel statement.