Davutoglu says DAESH behind missile attack on Turkish town

Turkish PM says DAESH terrorists responsible for fatal rocket attack on Turkish town of Kilis, adds incident shows how 'fragile' Syrian cessation deal is

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DAESH terrorists were responsible for a missile attack that killed two people in the Turkish town of Kilis near the Syrian border on Tuesday, Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said.

The two people, including a four-year-old child died in the attack, and another was wounded, after eight Katyusha rockets from Syria hit the residential area.

One of the explosions was recorded while TRT World correspondent Francis Collings was reporting live from Kilis. 

Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, stated that the Turkish Army immediately retaliated to the rocket fire, which is believed to have come from a DAESH-controlled area on the Syrian side of the border, under the Turkish Armed Forces' rules of engagement.

"We will immediately retaliate against any kind of attack targeting Turkey," Davutoglu said.

Speaking at a joint news conference with his Greek counterpart in the Aegean coastal city of Izmir, Davutoglu said the attack, which saw rockets fired into Kilis from Syria, showed how "fragile" the Syrian cessation deal is.

Kilis parliament member Mustafa Hilmi Dulger said schools in Kilis were closed following the attack, as police squads along with medics and fire brigade teams were dispatched to the area.

Provincial Police Chief Candemir Ozdemir and Provincial Gendarmerie Commander Colonel Gokhan Sahin also investigated the scene.

On January 12 the DAESH terror group carried out a suicide bombing in central Istanbul which killed 11 tourists.

Later in the same month a school janitor and a student died from their injuries, when a school in southeastern Gaziantep Province was hit by a Katyusha rocket fired by DAESH terrorists.

TRTWorld and agencies