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Isis militants in cross-border attack on Turkish soldiers

Published 23/07/2015 | 21:43

A plainclothes policeman stands guard following an attack on police officers in Diyarbakir, Turkey, July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
A plainclothes policeman stands guard following an attack on police officers in Diyarbakir, Turkey, July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
Police forensic experts examine the street following an attack on police officers in Diyarbakir, Turkey, July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

Islamic State militants fired at a Turkish military outpost from Syrian territory today, killing one Turkish soldier and injuring two others.

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Suleyman Tapsiz, the governor for Kilis province, said the border outpost was attacked from a region in Syria under IS control. Turkish troops retaliated, killing at least one IS militant.

The soldiers were attacked by five militants, the Turkish military said in a statement, adding that one IS militant was "captured dead" along with a rocket launcher and an AK-47 rifle.

The attack came amid a surge of violence in Turkey following a suicide bombing on Monday near Turkey's border with Syria that killed 32 people and wounded scores. The attack has been blamed on militants linked to the Islamic State group and came amid a clampdown by Turkey on the extremist group.

Turkish officials say they have detained more than 500 people suspected of working with IS in the last six months.

Turkey had reinforced its border at Kilis a day earlier, deploying elite special forces units there, a government official said.

Police forensic experts examine the street following an attack on police officers in Diyarbakir, Turkey, July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar
Police forensic experts examine the street following an attack on police officers in Diyarbakir, Turkey, July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar

Earlier today, unknown assailants ambushed traffic police in the country's mainly Kurdish south-east, killing one officer and seriously injuring a second.

Police chief Halis Bogurcu said the officers were gunned down after they were called to a street in Diyarbakir, the region's largest city, by people who reported a hoax traffic accident. There was no immediate claim of responsibility and an operation was launched to catch the assailants.

Kurdish militants yesterday claimed responsibility for killing two other policemen in retaliation for Monday's suicide bombing, which killed many Kurds. Members of the minority group say the Turkish government did not do enough to prevent the attack. 

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