Activists: Bomb kills 2 Turkish troops in Syria

BEIRUT — Syrian activists say two Turkish soldiers were killed in a bomb blast targeting a large military convoy moving through a rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria.

Opposition activist Abdelkafi Alhamdo says an explosion, possibly a car bomb, destroyed the first vehicle in a Turkish convoy as it entered his town of Atareb, in Aleppo province, on Tuesday.

The activist-run Thiqa News Agency and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, report that two soldiers were killed.

There is no immediate confirmation of the attack from the Turkish military.

The convoy was accompanied by an escort from the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee, which dominates a rebel stronghold spanning Idlib province and parts of Aleppo.

Turkish forces first deployed in Idlib in November as part of an agreement with Russia and Iran to define their respective zones of influence in war-torn Syria.

— AP

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