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150 Kurds Killed in Raid, Turkey Says

August 21, 1986|From Reuters

ANKARA, Turkey — A Turkish air raid on Kurdish guerrilla hide-outs in northern Iraq last Friday killed between 150 and 200 people, Prime Minister Turgut Ozal was quoted Wednesday as saying.

The mass-circulation daily newspaper Milliyet reported that Ozal gave the figure to a villager while touring rural areas near Ankara on Tuesday.

The government has provided only brief details of the raid. Ozal said Friday that the attack on what he called three rebel hideouts was in reaction to the killing of 12 Turkish soldiers in an ambush by Kurdish guerrillas near the Iraqi border last week.

In Athens, a representative of the Kurdish Liberation Front, which is campaigning for autonomy for 8 million Kurds, said hundreds of people were killed in Friday's raid.

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