BEIRUT – The Turkish military says one of its soldiers has been killed in northern Syria, blaming "terrorists" for the attack and reacting with a blast.
The Turkish Ministry of Defense said a mortar attack on Sunday near Afrin killed a soldier and injured another. It said Turkey responded by shelling off "terrorist targets".
Turkey and the Allied Syrian warriors took control of Afrin last year and expelled local Kurdish warriors that Ankara considers terrorists and averting attacks against Turkey's presence there.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Turkey responded to the attack on its forces with a burst of shells against several villages north of Afrin, which mainly cause material damage. The Kurdish-round Hawar news agency reported the shelling but did not provide any information on death.