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Four Turkish soldiers killed in attacks by Kurdish militants

Four Turkish soldiers killed in attacks by Kurdish militants

The Turkish defence ministry has reported the killing of four Turkish soldiers and two others wounded in two separate attacks by Kurdish militants on Saturday, adding that the army had retaliated in both cases.

One Turkish soldier was killed and another was wounded in an attack by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in the mainly Kurdish-controlled northern Syrian region of Tel Rifaat, the defence ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said the attack took place in a region where Turkey carried out a cross-border operation dubbed Euphrates Shield in 2016, aimed at driving Islamic State militants and the YPG from its border with Syria and that the military had killed 23 militants in retaliation for the attacks from Syria.

A Turkish security official told Reuters that the army was carrying out small operations to eliminate threats from the Tel Rifaat region, but that it could launch “a bigger operation” if necessary.

Another three Turkish soldiers were also killed and another wounded at Hakkari, which borders northern Iraq after Kurdish militants shelled the region and that the military had returned fire and launched a cross-border operation in the region backed by fighter jets to destroy militant targets defence ministry said in a separate statement.

Akar said the military had killed five other militants in the cross-border operation into northern Iraq, and a total of 28 militants in response to the two attacks.

“We neutralized the 28 terrorists who carried out the attacks. Our operations both inside and outside our country continue with great determination,” Akar said, according to Anadolu.

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