5 Turkish soldiers killed in ISIL attack in Syria’s al-Bab region

Turkish soldiers fire an upgraded M60 tank during fighting alongside members of the Free Syrian Army against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists near the northern Syrian village of Beraan, north of the embattled city of Aleppo, on October 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

Five Turkish soldiers were killed and nine others were injured in a car bomb attack perpetrated by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in Syria’s al-Bab region, according to a statement from the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) on Friday.

The TSK statement said the attack took place in al-Bab’s Suflaniyah area on Friday afternoon and that the injured soldiers were immediately transported to a hospital.

As part of Operation Euphrates Shield, Turkey sent tanks across the border to help Syrian rebels drive ISIL from the border city of Jarabulus in late August, in a dramatic escalation of its involvement in the Syrian civil war.

The number of Turkish soldiers killed during Operation Euphrates Shield has risen to 50 with the latest losses.

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