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In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) soldiers walk near the town entrance circle heading to their strongholds in Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) soldiers walk near the town entrance circle heading to their strongholds in Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

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In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, a Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG)  fighter shows the extent of the damage from a truck bomb in Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, a Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighter shows the extent of the damage from a truck bomb in Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

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In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, a Free Syrian Army fighter from Shams Al-Shamal heads to the front line in Kobani, Syria..(AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, a Free Syrian Army fighter from Shams Al-Shamal heads to the front line in Kobani, Syria..(AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

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In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, fighters from the Free Syrian Army, left, and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), center, join forces to fight Islamic State group militants in Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, fighters from the Free Syrian Army, left, and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), center, join forces to fight Islamic State group militants in Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

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In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, a Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighter shows the extent of the damage from a truck bomb in Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, a Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighter shows the extent of the damage from a truck bomb in Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

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In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, Free Syrian Army fighters walk in the ruins of  town market place in Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, Free Syrian Army fighters walk in the ruins of town market place in Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

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In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, a destroyed building remains at the site of a truck bomb that exploded at a Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) stronghold. T(AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, a destroyed building remains at the site of a truck bomb that exploded at a Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) stronghold. T(AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

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In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, a Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighter stands in the rubble of Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, a Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighter stands in the rubble of Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

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This Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo shows the roundabout circle of the entrance to Kobani, Syria, which Islamic State militants had reached before U.S.-led airstrikes. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

This Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo shows the roundabout circle of the entrance to Kobani, Syria, which Islamic State militants had reached before U.S.-led airstrikes. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

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In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG)  fighters take position at a stronghold in Kobani, Syria..(AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters take position at a stronghold in Kobani, Syria..(AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

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In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, a young Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG)  fighter who recently volunteered holds a position with a PKM in Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, a young Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighter who recently volunteered holds a position with a PKM in Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

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In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, a Free Syrian Army fighter takes a break in Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, a Free Syrian Army fighter takes a break in Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

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In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 photo, Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) soldiers walk near the town entrance circle heading to their strongholds in Kobani, Syria. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin)

Extremists from the Islamic State group have launched an attack on the Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey - a first in the ongoing siege, a Kurdish official and activists say.

Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman for Syria's powerful Kurdish Democratic Union Party, says Islamic State group militants in Turkey attacked the border crossing point that links the country to Kobani.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Khalil said the offensive began with an armoured vehicle suicide attack on the border crossing.

There was no immediate comment from Ankara.

The Islamic State group began its Kobani offensive in mid-September. The town later became the focus of air strikes by the US-led coalition against the militants.

The Observatory said the latest fighting has killed eight Kurdish fighters and 17 jihadis.

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