Turkey’s Army: PKK May Have Downed Helicopter
Turkish military says a helicopter that crashed last week may have been downed by the PKK with a ground-to-air missile.The Turkish armed forces said a military helicopter that crashed during clashes that killed eight soldiers and two pilots last week, may have been brought down by Kurdish fighters with a ground-to-air missile.
If confirmed, it would be the first known usage in recent years of such weaponry by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters.
The armed group has been locked in battle with the Turkish army for three decades, aiming for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey’s southeast.
The army initially said the helicopter had crashed on Friday due to a technical fault during air operations against PKK fighters in the province of Hakkari near the border with Iraq.
“As the helicopters carried out their mission, the conclusion has been reached that one helicopter may have been struck and downed with an air defence weapon that could have been a missile, possibly fired from the ground,” the military said in a statement on Thursday.