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Report: Turkish jets strike PKK rebels, camps in Iraq, following deadly attack on soldiers

  • People stage a protest to condemn terrorism in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, a day after Turkey's military announced Monday that 16 soldiers were killed and six others were wounded in a Kurdish rebel attack against troops in southeast Turkey on Sunday. The attack was the deadliest assault on Turkish troops since renewed fighting between the rebels and Turkey's security forces erupted in July, shattering a fragile peace process.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

    People stage a protest to condemn terrorism in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, a day after Turkey's military announced Monday that 16 soldiers were killed and six others were wounded in a Kurdish rebel attack against troops in southeast Turkey on Sunday. The attack was the deadliest assault on Turkish troops since renewed fighting between the rebels and Turkey's security forces erupted in July, shattering a fragile peace process.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)  (The Associated Press)

  • Thousands of people march and shout slogans to denounce terrorism in Bursa, Turkey, late Monday, Sept. 7, 2015,  after Turkey's military announced Monday that 16 soldiers had been  killed and six others were wounded in a Kurdish rebel attack against troops in southeast Turkey on Sunday. The attack was the deadliest assault on Turkish troops since renewed fighting between Kurdish  rebels and Turkey's security forces erupted in July, shattering a fragile peace process.( Depo Photos via AP )

    Thousands of people march and shout slogans to denounce terrorism in Bursa, Turkey, late Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, after Turkey's military announced Monday that 16 soldiers had been killed and six others were wounded in a Kurdish rebel attack against troops in southeast Turkey on Sunday. The attack was the deadliest assault on Turkish troops since renewed fighting between Kurdish rebels and Turkey's security forces erupted in July, shattering a fragile peace process.( Depo Photos via AP )  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, a day after Turkey's military announced Monday that 16 soldiers were killed and six others were wounded in a Kurdish rebel attack against troops in southeast Turkey on Sunday. The attack was the deadliest assault on Turkish troops since renewed fighting between the rebels and Turkey's security forces erupted in July, shattering a fragile peace.(AP Photo/Hakan Goktepe, Pool)

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, a day after Turkey's military announced Monday that 16 soldiers were killed and six others were wounded in a Kurdish rebel attack against troops in southeast Turkey on Sunday. The attack was the deadliest assault on Turkish troops since renewed fighting between the rebels and Turkey's security forces erupted in July, shattering a fragile peace.(AP Photo/Hakan Goktepe, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish jets have carried out airstrikes against a group of Kurdish rebels as well as the militants' camps in northern Iraq. It said up to 40 rebels died in the overnight aerial operations.

The Anadolu Agency said Tuesday that F-16 and F-4 fighter jets bombed a group of up to 25 Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, believed to have carried out a roadside bomb attack that killed 16 soldiers near the border with Iraq on Sunday. The agency said the jets struck the rebels on their escape routes in Iraq and also targeted six rebel camps there.

Anadolu said 53 planes were involved in the strikes.

The agency did not cite a source for report and there was no immediate official confirmation.