4 Islamic State terrorists shot dead in Turkey

//4 Islamic State terrorists shot dead in Turkey

4 Islamic State terrorists shot dead in Turkey

By | 2015-11-15T09:27:46+00:00 November 15th, 2015|Middle East|0 Comments
Reuters | Nov 15, 2015, 01.57 PM IST

Two cars belonging to the extremist Sunni group approached a Turkish armoured vehicle in the Oguzeli district of Gaziantep province and when ordered to halt, responded by firing shells, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Returning fire, Turkish soldiers killed four IS fighters in the first vehicle, while an unknown number in the second car fled.

The Islamic State (IS) controls swathes of Syrian territory abutting Turkey’s Syrian frontier, and there are periodic clashes. One Turkish soldier is thought to be held by the group after going missing during an exchange of fire in September.

The terror group on Saturday claimed responsibility for a series of bomb and gun attacks in Paris which left at least 127 people dead.

Turkey has stepped up its fight against the militants since July, when it began launching air strikes against the group and opened its air bases to US-led coalition war planes. Since then Turkey has been hit by two suicide bomb attacks linked to IS, killing more than 130 people.

Meanwhile, leaders of the Group of 20 major economies (G20), including the United States, China, Japan, Russia and Brazil, are meeting on Sunday and Monday in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya in Turkey, where the fight against terrorism and the bloody attacks in Paris are likely to overshadow economics.

Although the G20 usually focuses on economic issues, the president of host country Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan, has urged world leaders to prioritise the battle against militans, saying the attacks in Paris claimed by Islamic State showed the time for words was now over.

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