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Turkey strikes Kurdish militants in response to Ankara bombing

Airstrikes were carried out on Monday by Turkish forces against Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq Monday in retaliation for a car bomb attack in capital Ankara which claimed 37 lives and left 122 injured.

Turkey strikes Kurdish militants in response to Ankara bombing

The state-run Anadolu Agency reported that 18 positions of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, were raided nine F-16s and two F-4 jets in the Qandil mountains where the senior leaders of the PKK are beleived to be holed up.

It is believed that the deadly blast was carried out by two Kurdish militants. The attack took place at a bus stop on Ataturk Bulvari in the capital, close to Kizilay square and several government ministries. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to bring "terrorism to its knees."

The private NTV news channel reported that many vehicles parked near the bus stop also caught fire following the blast. It is learned that the impact of the blast was so strong that it shattered the windows of shops located near the boulevard and the square.

It is notabled that a security warning was issued by the US Embassy two days ago tipping off about a potential plot to attack Turkish government buildings.

Minutes after the blast, Turkish authorities imposed a ban in order to prevent media organizations from broadcasting or publishing graphic images of the blast or from the scene.

Meanwhile, the country's pro-Kurdish party, the Peoples' Democratic Party, condemned the attack. Experts maintain that the condemnation issued by the party is important because it has often been accused of the acting as the political arm of the PKK.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg have also condemned the deadly attack.