Kurdish Defense Forces claim responsibility for downing Turkish jet

AMED – The People’s Defence Forces (HPG), a military wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), claimed responsibility for downing a Turkish F16 fighter jet in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Monday the December 12th.

“On December 12, at 19.30, an F-16 warplane of the Turkish state which had taken off from the Amed [Diyarbakir] 8th Main Jet Base Command to bombard Kurdistan was downed with special techniques by our Martyr Azad Farqin unit,” the HPG said in a statement on its official website.

The group said that one of its members carried out the attack in revenge for “Commander Azad Farqin and all other guerillas that have fallen as martyrs in Amed.”

The pilot reportedly ejected himself from the plane and was unharmed.

On September 27, a Turkish jet crashed between the villages of Gize and Biye in the district of Amedi, 90 kilometers northeast of Duhok.