Two bomb-sniffing dogs have prevented a major attack against the civilians living in an area that falls under Turkey’s cross-border anti-terror operation in northern Syria, Turkish authorities said on Thursday.

According to the National Defense Ministry, Turkish soldiers detected a suspected vehicle in the al-Kantara region, 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) away from Manbij.

After the bomb dogs Ban and Tim reacted to the same area in separate searches, a bomb disposal team defused the explosive-laden vehicle through a controlled explosion.

The examination found that the vehicle contained 25-30 kilograms (55-66 pounds) of explosives with very high explosion power that could kill tens of innocent people.

The ministry also shared a video on Twitter showing the dogs searching the area and the controlled explosion.

Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terror operations across its border in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and to enable the peaceful settlement of residents: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), and Peace Spring (2019).

*Contributions and writing by Sena Guler

Bomb dogs prevent major attack in northern Syria

Copyright 2022 Anadolu Agency. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.