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.