Attack Turkish army hits ISIL in Syria after shooting

One army officer killed in Kilis in cross-border gunfire, prompting retaliatory assault on ISIL base, Turkish media say.

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One army officer killed in Kilis in cross-border gunfire, prompting retaliatory assault on ISIL base, Turkish media say.

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One Turkish army officer has been killed and two soldiers injured in cross-border gunfire with Syria.

Turkish media reported on Thursday that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) shot at the Turkish army in Kilis, a Turkish border town, causing the casualties.

Anadolu News Agency reporters told Al Jazeera that the Turkish army immediately retaliated by attacking an ISIL base on Syrian territory, killing at least one fighter.

The agency could not confirm what weapons were used in the ISIL attack.

Clashes have been continuing, with the Turkish army heavily targeting ISIL targets in Syria.

The Turkish military released a statement confirming the news, stating that 5 ISIL fighters opened fire at the soldiers, and the soldiers returned fire. 

"One on-commissioned officer was killed and two soldiers were wounded," the statement said.

Earlier on Thursday, Turkish state news reported that armed men attacked Turkish police in the country's mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, killing one policeman and injuring another.

Credit: aljazeera.com

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