ISTANBUL: The Islamic State group on Friday killed five Turkish soldiers and wounded nine others in a car bomb attack in a northern Syrian town, Turkey’s military said.
A military statement said the attack occurred near Al-Bab, a town that opposition Syrian fighters with Turkish backing are trying to retake from IS militants.
The new deaths raise to 54 the total number of Turkish losses since August, when Turkey launched its offensive in northern Syria.
The military said none of the wounded soldiers was in serious condition. The statement conveyed condolences to the families of the slain soldiers and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded.
Earlier, Turkish armed forces said they had hit more than 200 Islamic State group positions in northern Syria and killed 23 militants in operations on Thursday and Friday.
On Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said IS “is now fleeing completely” from Al-Bab.