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38 Islamic State fighters killed in northern Syria: Turkey

Fourteen of the militants were killed while attempting to enter rebel-controlled Akhtarin and Turkmen Bareh villages. (Representative image) Photograph: (AFP)

WION Istanbul, Turkey Oct 09, 2016, 08.12 AM (IST)

The Turkish military said 38 Islamic State militants have been killed in US-led coalition air strikes and clashes in northern Syria on Sunday. 

The army said in a statement that 14 militants were killed while attempting to enter rebel-controlled Akhtarin and Turkmen Bareh villages, situated three kilometers east of Dabiq. 

In the same area, 17 more were killed by coalition air strikes dubbed "Euphrates Shield" by the Turkish army.

The army also said two Syrian rebels had been killed and 19 injured in a fresh fight against the IS. 

The military also targeted the Kurdish militia which is seen as a threat to Turkey. 

According to Reuters, Turkey-backed Syrian rebels have been pushing towards Dabiq, an IS stronghold, since August.  

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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