Istanbul: A car bomb attack killed 10 people, including three Turkish soldiers, in an area of northern Syria controlled by Turkish forces Thursday, a war monitor and Ankara said.
“Three of our brothers-in-arms fell as martyrs in a car bomb attack at a traffic stop,” Turkey’s defence ministry said in a statement, without adding further details.
The ‘Syrian Observatory for Human Rights’ monitoring group had earlier said the three soldiers and seven Turkish-backed fighters died in the blast in the village of Suluk, about 20 kilometres southeast of the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad.
Turkish soldiers supporting Syrian proxies launched an offensive against the US-backed Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia in October last year.
Ankara deems the YPG a ‘terrorist’ offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984.
Turkey’s soldiers and their Syrian proxies are regularly targeted in attacks in northern Syria, the latest coming last week, when four Turkish soldiers were killed by a car bomb.