ANKARA: The Turkish armed forces on Wednesday claimed to have killed over 80 "terrorists" after air strikes on Kurdish militant positions in northern Iraq . The military said there were also "several" injured members of the "separatist terrorist organisation" -- Turkey 's official term for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) -- after the strikes in the Asos region on Monday.

It was not possible to independently verify the toll. The strikes also damaged a PKK shelter, tunnel and hideout, the armed forces said, adding it destroyed a large ammunition store and two armoured vehicles. The PKK has waged an insurgency inside Turkey since 1984 and is blacklisted as a terrorist organisation by Turkey , the United States and the European Union.

Following the collapse of a two-year ceasefire in 2015, Turkish military operations against the PKK intensified in southeastern Turkey .

Turkey also regularly conducts air raids against PKK militants who have rear bases in the Qandil mountain area of Iraq , while Turkish ground troops sometimes stage incursions into the area. Last month four Turkish soldiers were killed in northern Iraq in two separate attacks blamed on the PKK.