RAS-AL AYN, Syria

At least three people were killed in a bomb attack in Ras al-Ayn, northeastern Syria, local security sources said on Tuesday.

An explosives-laden vehicle detonated at one of the checkpoints of Syrian National Army in the western side of the district, according to the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

As a result, two soldiers and the driver of the vehicle, who did not know it had explosives, died at the scene.

Local security forces suspect the YPG/PKK terror group could be behind the attack near Turkey’s southern border, which also caused material damage.

Ras al-Ayn was liberated from YPG/PKK terrorists last October as part of Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring. It was launched to secure Turkey’s borders by eliminating the terror group from northern Syria, east of the Euphrates River, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.

The terrorists, however, continue attacks in Ras al-Ayn, and the nearby city of Tal Abyad despite their withdrawal from the border area following negotiations between US and Turkey on Oct. 17, 2019.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and EU — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

*Writing by Fahri Aksut

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