Sulaymaniyah (IP) - In a series of airstrikes carried out by Turkish warplanes near Sulaymaniyah in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, two civilians were killed and two others wounded on Friday.

Iran PressMiddle East: Two Kurdish civilians who were working on their land near the village of 'Mawat' were killed in a bombardment by Turkish airstrike," AFP reported.

A third person has been listed as missing, and another was injured, the town's mayor, Kamaran Hassan, said, adding that he could not specify whether a drone or warplane had launched the strike.

A security source said that the Turkish fighter jets attacked a village in Sulaymaniyah 5 times on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Turkish army targeted the positions of the armed Kurdish group in northern Syria, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and the positions of the Syrian army in the suburbs of Hasakah, Raqqa, and Aleppo.

Turkey has repeatedly carried out strikes targeting the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, where the group has bases.

Ankara stepped up its strikes in neighboring Syria following a Nov. 13 bombing in Istanbul that killed six people and wounded 81.

Ankara has targeted Kurdish groups in the two neighboring countries of Iraq and Syria over the last week in retaliation for a recent bombing in Istanbul that killed six people and injured 80 more.

The Kurdish groups have denied any involvement in the bombing.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has threatened to launch a ground offensive against Kurds in northern and northeastern Syria in response to the Istanbul bombing.

Since 2016 Turkey's military has conducted three offensives, mainly targeting Kurdish fighters, in Syria and captured territory in northern Syria now held by Ankara-backed proxies.

There has been no immediate comment from Turkey about Friday's bombardment.


Read More:

Senior PKK chief killed in Turkish intelligence operation inside Iraq