ANKARA(AFP) – Three Turkish soldiers died Thursday clearing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the Syrian region of Afrin after the capture of Afrin city at the weekend, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said.
“We have three martyrs today. They were martyred while clearing IEDs,” Yildirim said in a televised speech in Ankara.
Three more soldiers were injured after an IED exploded, the army said in a statement, confirming the death toll.
Turkish troops and allied Syrian forces seized control of Afrin city from the Kurdish People s Protection Units (YPG) militia on Sunday.
Ankara began its offensive in January against the YPG, which it says is allied with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) waging an insurgency against Turkey since 1984.