ANKARA, Turkey

Report: 6 killed in Turkish air raids Report: 6 killed in Turkish air raids The Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A news agency close to Kurdish rebels reported Sunday that Turkish air strikes on suspected rebel targets in northern Iraq on Sunday killed six civilians trying to flee the raids. The Firat news agency said the villagers, including two children and two women, were inside a car fleeing the village of Golle, on Mount Qandil, when they were hit. The report could not immediately be verified. Turkish warplanes have been striking at suspected rebel positions across the border in Iraq since Wednesday. The military has confirmed three days of strikes so far, but Kurdish groups also reported bombings by Turkish jets on Saturday and Sunday. Turkey's latest offensive follows stepped-up attacks by the rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, that have killed 40 soldiers since July. Turkey's military has said the jets are targeting PKK shelters and ammunition depots only, showing "the necessary" care not to harm civilians. The PKK has denied that, claim saying the strikes this week have aimed at abandoned rebel bases and have caused damage to civilian-owned homes and land. The group, considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, is fighting for autonomy in southeastern Turkey. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict since 1984. The rebels have long used northern Iraq as a springboard for hit-and-run attacks on Turkish targets. The latest offensive from Turkey began hours after eight soldiers and a government-paid village guard were killed in a PKK ambush near the border with Iraq. Turkey has carried out a number of cross-border air raids and ground incursions over the years but has failed to stop rebel infiltration through the mountainous border. The previous offensive was last summer, when warplanes launched a series of raids on suspected PKK positions and ground troops took part in a daylong incursion.