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Turkey raids Kurdish base to retaliate Istanbul bombing

Turkey has launched air-raids on Kurdish targets in Iraq and Syria, a week after a bombing in Istanbul which it blames on Kurdish militants.

The defence ministry said the raids – dubbed Operation Claw-Sword – struck Kurdish bases which were being used to launch attacks on Turkey.

A Syrian-Kurdish spokesperson said two villages populated with internally displaced people were hit.

The banned Kurdish PKK group denies carrying out the Istanbul attack.

BbC reports that as the air-raids began, the Turkish defence ministry tweeted that the “hour of reckoning” had arrived, alongside a picture of a fighter plane taking off and footage of an explosion.

Writing by Chinasa Ossai, Editing by Omotola Oguneye