Four PKK militants who escaped from a camp in northern Iraq and surrendered to Turkish troops have made allegations that US troops supported them.
In statements made to the Turkish press in a military outpost in Sirnak the militants of the outlawed PKK (Kurdish Workers Party) said: "We have seen that two American armoured vehicles brought various weapons to our base at Mount Kandil".
However, the U.S. Embassy spokesperson in Ankara, Kathryn Schalow denounced this allegation. "We do not have any contact with the PKK" she told Turkish news channel NTV.
American forces in the region have in the past been accused of helping PKK militants by some retired Turkish military officers. However, no official accusation has been made until today.
Turkish foreign minister Abdullah Gul said that he had no official information on the allegations made by the PKK militants. “If we are provided with a relevant information, we would act no matter who is behind this; no matter it is the U.S. or anyone else” Gul said.
Militants also stated in the press conference that the remote-controlled explosives which have been used in recent deadly PKK attacks were brought from Northern Iraq. More than 30 Turkish soldiers were killed in PKK attacks last month most of whom were victims of remote controlled explosives.
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