Turkish soldiers fired on near Syrian border

Governor of Kilis, Suleyman Tapsiz, says one Turkish soldier killed and another soldier is missing

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Sep 20, 2015

Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) reported on Tuesday that one Turkish soldier, Yusuf Beylem, was killed in Turkish border town of Kilis, when they were shot at from an ISIS-controlled area in northern Syria.

In a statement on its official website, TAF said that another soldier was missing after the clashes.

“Investigations and research is continuing to find the missing soldier,” TAF reported.

According to security sources, the Turkish army opened fire with artillery tanks at the ISIS-held Syrian territory following the incident.

Meanwhile, Kilis Governor Suleyman Tapsiz, claimed that the soldier died during a clash with a group of suspected smugglers trying to cross from Syria into Turkey.

"A group of smugglers trying to cross from Syria into Turkey opened fire on border security forces in south-central province of Kilis, killing one soldier," Tapsiz told reporters.

On July 23, ISIS killed a non-commissioned Turkish officer, Yalcin Nane, and injured two sergeants by opening fire from Syrian side of the border.

TRTWorld and agencies