Kurdish fighters of the YPG bidding farewell to fellow fighter in Tel Abyad. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

URFA – At least nine militants from the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS) have been killed in clashes with the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) south of the town of Suluk in Raqqa province, military sources reported on Thursday. 

The YPG’s Media Centre said in a statement: “ISIS terrorists targeted with mortar fire the village of Humera south of Suluk in the countryside of Tel Abyad, led to clashes with our troops in the area.” 

“Two terrorists tried to carry out a suicide attack, but the YPG fighters thwarted the attack, killing the suicide bombers,” the YPG leadership said. 

The Kurdish forces killed several other ISIS militants in the clashes that centered in southern Suluk town.

“Our forces collected seven corpses of ISIS terrorists subsequent to the clashes,” the YPG leadership added.

“The YPG has also seized six Kalashnikovs, one machinegun, weapon M16, 10 hand grenades and three explosive belts, following the clashes.” 

The statement concluded that one of the YPG fighters has lost his life in Suluk’s clashes. 

Earlier this week, at least four civilians were killed and two more wounded after ISIS militants pounded a YPG-held village near the city of Tel Abyad in Raqqa province, military sources reported.

Speaking to ARA News, spokesman of the Kurdish YPG forces in Tel Abyad Habun Osman said: “The terrorist group (ISIS) has bombed the village of Skahrat al-Abed Sheikh (25 km south of Tel Abyad) and caused the death of four civilians and the injury of several others.” 

The border city of Tel Abyad was recaptured by the Kurdish forces in June. During ISIS control over the city, Tel Abyad has served as a primary conduit for incoming weapons and militants, as well as for the exportation of oil to the black market through Turkey. 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News

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