Rocket attack in northwest Syria kills two Turkish soldiers

Attack comes two weeks after Turkey and Russia agree to a ceasefire in Idlib, halting a three-month Syrian offensive.

    Turkish and Russian troops began joint patrols Sunday on a key highway in northwest Syria, according to Ankara [Turkish Defence Ministry via AP]
    Turkish and Russian troops began joint patrols Sunday on a key highway in northwest Syria, according to Ankara [Turkish Defence Ministry via AP]

    Two Turkish soldiers have been killed in a rocket attack in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, Turkey's defence ministry has said.

    A ministry statement said a third soldier was wounded in Thursday's attack, which it said was carried out by "radical groups".

    Turkey's artillery units immediately mounted a powerful retaliation, the ministry said, but did not provide further details.

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    The attack comes two weeks after Turkey and Russia - which support opposing sides in the Syrian conflict - agreed to a cease-fire in Idlib, halting a three-month air and ground campaign by the Syrian government in the rebel-held province.

    The operation killed hundreds and sent one million people fleeing toward the Turkish border.

    It also resulted in rare direct clashes between the Turkish military and Syrian government troops. Some 60 Turkish soldiers have been killed in Idlib since the start of February.

    The Turkish defence statement did not identify the group it holds responsible for the attack.

    SOURCE: AP news agency