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Syria bombings kill dozens near town liberated from IS

Al-Bab was recaptured from IS on Thursday [Anadolu]

Date of publication: 24 February, 2017

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Turkey’s state news agency Andadolu says death toll from a car bomb near the town of al-Bab, just captured from Islamic State militants in northern Syria, has risen to 60.

Turkey’s state news agency Andadolu says the death toll from a car bomb near the town of al-Bab, just captured from Islamic State militants in northern Syria, has risen to 60. Most of the victims were civilians.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, meanwhile, says a separate attack south al-Bab killed two Turkish soldiers.

Friday’s attacks come a day after the town was taken by Turkish forces and Syrian opposition fighters from Islamic State militants. IS militants withdrew from the town, but they still control areas around it.

In the first attack, a suicide car bomb struck outside a security office in Sousian village, north of al-Bab, killing civilians lining up seeking permits to return home. Yildrim says at least six Turkey-backed fighters were killed in that bombing.

The deaths raise the death toll of Turkish soldiers in northern Syria since August to 70.

The second attack took place near Tadif, a town still controlled by IS south of al-Bab.

The Turkish military said the soldiers were killed when an improvised explosive device went off but Yildrim called it a suicide attack that happened as the soldiers were on a road patrol. Three other Turkish soldiers were wounded.

The deaths raise the death toll of Turkish soldiers in northern Syria since August to 70.

Al-Bab was captured on Thursday, after more than two months of fighting with IS militants who withdrew from the town but still control areas around it.

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