Three Turkish service members were killed in the recent car bomb attack in northeast Syria, al-Quds al-Arabi reported on March 6 citing a commander in the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA).
The commander told the London-based newspaper that several other Turkish soldiers were also injured in the attack. The deadly bombing targeted a checkpoint next to the town of Hamam al-Turkman in northern Raqqa.
“This was the first car bomb attack to target Turkish checkpoints in the Eastern Euphrates areas,” al-Quds al-Arabi quoted the unnamed commander as saying.
The car bomb attack also claimed the lives of at least two militants of the SNA. Many others were reportedly injured.
A few months ago, the Turkish military established 41 checkpoints between the border towns of Ras al-Ayn and Tell Abyad in northeast Syria. The step was meant to improve security in Turkish-occupied areas. However, it has clearly failed.
The Turkish Ministry of National Defense has not acknowledged any losses in Hamam al-Turkman bombing so far. However, the information reported by al-Quds al-Arabi was confirmed by many other sources.