Turkish soldier, three locals killed in Ras al Ayn bombing

A Turkish gendarmerie officer was killed on Thursday by a car bomb that Kurdish forces set off in Ras al Ayn, a town in northern Syria that Turkey captured in last October’s cross-border military operation, the governorate of Turkey’s southeastern Şanlıurfa province said.

The gendarmerie corporal and three local security personnel died after members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or the Syrian Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) detonated the car bomb at a checkpoint on a road in the town at midday, the governorate’s statement said.

Ten people wounded in the explosion, including seven civilians, have been moved to the state hospital in Ceylanpınar, Turkey, it said.

Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring in October to drive members of the YPG away from its border. Turkey considers the group to be an extension of the PKK, which has fought for Kurdish self-rule within Turkey for decades and is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States, the European Union and others.