Turkey says 104 IS militants killed in air and land strikes

AgenciesUpdated:Friday, May 31, 2019, 02:56 PM IST
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Ankara: Turkey’s state-run news agency says US-led coalition airstrikes and Turkish artillery fire against the Islamic State group in Syria have killed 104 militants. Anadolu Agency says on Saturday said the strikes came late Friday, hours after rockets fired from Syria hit a southern Turkish town and wounded five people.

It said the airstrikes and artillery fire also destroyed 7 buildings used as IS headquarters. The claim could not be independently verified, and Turkey has not explained how it can count casualties in Syria. Cross-border fire from Syria has claimed 21 lives and wounded dozens of others in the border town of Kilis this
year.

Authorities blame the attacks on IS which has a presence in northern Syria. Turkey typically responds by shelling IS positions.

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