Bomb attack in Turkish-held Syrian town kills 6, defense ministry says: report

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Syrian town of Tel Abyad

A bomb attack by Kurdish militia killed six people and wounded 11 on Tuesday in the northeastern Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the Turkish border, the Turkish Defense Ministry said, according to Reuters.

The Arab town, from which Turkish-backed forces last October pushed out the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia in a major campaign spearheaded by the Turkish army, has seen a series of car blasts that have killed dozens of civilians.

The attack was carried out with a car bomb and wounded civilians were treated in hospitals on both sides of the border, according to a statement by the governor’s office in Turkey’s southeastern province of Şanlıurfa.

The governor’s office said 17 people were wounded in the attack.

The YPG — which Ankara considers a terrorist group because of its ties to outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in southeast Turkey — had for years been allied to the United States in the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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