Nine Turkish service members were killed and fourteen others were injured in a series of attacks in the southern part of the Syrian occupied area of Afrin on April 30, the Afrin Liberation Forces (ALF) claimed in a new official statement.
“Our fighters continue to strike Turkish terror army and its Jihadi proxies with various types of operations in occupied Afrin and its vicinity,” the Kurdish guerrilla group said in its statement, that was released on May 1.
The Turkish soldiers were supposedly killed when Kurdish fighters destroyed two BMC Kirpi Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles and a 4×4 truck of the Turkish military in the vicinity of the town of Qatamah. The vehicles were destroyed with anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs).
Kurdish fighters also ambushed a unit of the Turkish military near the same village on the same day. As a result of the ambush, six Turkish soldiers were injured, according to the ALF’s claims.
The Kurdish group’s claims are yet to be confirmed. The Turkish military, which usually announces his loses without any delay, has not commented on these claims so far.
Earlier this year, the ALF begin to use ATGMs in its operations against the Turkish military in Afrin. This allowed the Kurdish group to target Turkish troops with high-accuracy from a safe distance.