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Turkish military say they hit 71 Islamic State targets in northern Syria

world Updated: Nov 05, 2016 16:02 IST
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In this file photo, Turkish army tanks and armoured personnel carriers move toward the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey. (AP)

Turkey’s military hit 71 Islamic State targets in Syria over the last 24 hours, the army said on Saturday, intensifying strikes against the militant group, which has claimed responsibility for the latest bomb attack in southeast Turkey.

Five Islamic State fighters were killed in the strikes, as were five Turkey-backed rebels and one Turkish soldier, the army said in its statement. It said coalition forces conducted five air strikes, killing another eight Islamic State militants.

Turkey is backing a group of Syrian Arabs and Turkmen in northern Syria in its Euphrates Shield operation, which has swept Islamic State from its southern border.

The Sunni hardline group has claimed responsibility for a car bomb in the south-eastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir on Friday that killed nine people and wounded more than 100.