At least 45 Kurdish rebels have been killed in air strikes on suspected militant targets in northern Iraq following the suicide car bombing in Ankara, Turkey’s military has said.
Meanwhile, a police officer and three Kurdish militants were killed in fighting in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, media reports said.
Turkish F-16 and F4 jets struck Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, positions across the border in Iraq on Monday, a day after the attack which killed 37 people and wounded dozens of others.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Ankara attack, which authorities say was carried out by a female bomber and a possible male accomplice.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said there were “almost certain” indications that the bombing was the work of the PKK.
The attack escalated tensions with the Kurds and further complicated Turkey’s place in the region as it battles a host of enemies across its borders including the Syrian government, Kurdish rebels in both Iraq and Syria, and the Islamic State group. Turkey has also been forced to absorb 2.7 million refugees from the conflict.