Militant fire reaches Turkey

Shells hit Turkish soil as ISIL pushes to border city of Kobane

ARA News 

Kobane, Syria – On Saturday, at least three mortar shells fired by the militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, hit the Turkish border town of Murshid Pinar village, in front of the city of Kobane on the Syrian side.

Local sources at the Turkish border with Kobane told ARA News that the IS militant fighters targeted the area with more than 10 mortar shells, of which at least three hit the Turkish town of Murshid Pinar.

“There is no information about the size of damage in the Turkish border town,” the sources said.

Meanwhile, other mortars hit the war-torn Kurdish city of Kobane, targeting headquarters of the Kurdish YPG forces, according to the PYD-linked Kurdish Defence Council in the region.

Speaking to ARA News, Mahmoud Hame, member of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), said that on Saturday night a group of IS insurgents infiltrated the industrial neighborhood and al-Hal  market in central Kobane “in an attempt to plan an ambush of the YPG forces”

“However, they (IS militants) were captured and killed by the Kurdish fighters (YPG),” Hame said.

Meanwhile, clashes renewed on Saturday evening between the YPG fighters and IS extremists in the western districts of Kobane. At least 3 militants of IS were reported dead.

Noteworthy, Kurdish political and military leaders stressed that the city of Kobane is “completely free” from the presence of IS insurgents, while IS-linked media sources confirmed the presence of the militants in eastern and southern neighborhoods of the city.


Reporting by: Jan Ali

Source: ARA News

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