Some 5 people killed in northeastern Syria, says Turkish defence ministry

A car bomb explosion in a Turkish-controlled region in northeast Syria has killed at least five people, including three children, Turkey’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday.

Some five civilians were killed in the explosion in the city of Ras al Ayn, the ministry said in a statement posted on Twitter, and it has blamed the attack on the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) that Turkey sees as terrorists due to its links to Kurdish insurgents on Turkish soil.

The attack was carried out by bomb-laden vehicle, according to the ministry.

Turkey, along with allied Syrian rebels, launched an offensive into northeast Syria targeting Kurdish forces that controlled the region in October. The forces captured Ras al Ayn, located east of the Euphrates, on day four of the operation, according to the Turkish defence ministry.

Ankara views the Syrian Kurdish forces and its affiliates as terrorists and an existential threat for their links to a decades-long Kurdish insurgency inside Turkey.

The region has suffered several bomb attacks that claimed the lives of civilians since Turkey took control after its military incursion.
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