A Turkish gendarmerie officer was killed in a recent car bomb attack in the Turkish-occupied part of northeast Syria, the administration of Turkey’s southeastern Şanlıurfa province announced on March 12.
The attack, which took place in the morning, targeted a checkpoint near the town of Tell Halaf in al-Hasakah’s northern countryside.
The attack also claimed the lives of three personnel of the so-called Syrian Free Police, a law enforcement body backed by Turkey.
Turkey held the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) responsible for the deadly attack. As usual, no real evidence was presented to back these accusations.
The Turkish military established 41 checkpoints between the towns of Ras al-Ayn and Tell Abyad in northeast Syria last year. These checkpoint, which were meant to improve security, have apparently became targets for new attacks.