Turkish soldiers attacked by DAESH near Syrian border

Turkish soldiers come under fire from DAESH controlled region across Syrian border

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish soldiers work on de-mining process in the border region with Syria.

Turkish soldiers clearing mines along the border with Syria came under cross-border gunfire on Wednesday from the DAESH-controlled side of the border.

No casualties were reported from the incident. However, stray bullets hit buildings near the border crossing in the southeastern town of Karkamis in Gaziantep.

Turkish security forces responded to the gunfire with artillery and tank fire.

Over the last year Turkey has experienced an increased number of DAESH attacks.

Earlier this month the terrorist group carried out a suicide bombing in central Istanbul which killed 11 tourists while almost 140 people were killed in two separate attacks in 2015.

Turkish tanks have targeted DAESH positions on the Syrian side of the border since the deadly Istanbul attack on January 12.  

Turkey’s military said on Jan. 30 that more than 1,000 foreign DAESH suspects have been apprehended in Turkey over the last year.

The Turkish Army said that illegal border crossings mainly took place in the country's southeastern Kilis Province, near the Syrian border.

TRTWorld, AA