ADDS STATEMENTS BY TURKISH VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
By Faruk Zorlu, Ali Murat Alhas
ANKARA (AA) - At least two Turkish soldiers were killed and two injured when terrorists attacked an armored vehicle carrying troops in northern Syria, according to a statement late Saturday.
"In an attack carried out by terrorists against our Kirpi vehicle in the Operation Euphrates Shield zone, two of our fellow hero soldiers were martyred and two of our friends were injured," the Ministry of National Defense said on Twitter.
After the attack, terror targets in the region were immediately determined and stuck, the ministry said, adding that they were "hit effectively." It added that "punitive shots" against terrorists’ positions continue.
The vehicle carrying the troops was in transit to a base in the area, according to a separate statement by the ministry, which said the injured were "immediately" rushed to the hospital.
Vice President Fuat Oktay condoled with families of the killed soldiers, wished quick recovery to the wounded and stressed that those responsible would not be able to get away and pay for their crimes.
Communications Director Fahrettin Altun also condoled with the families and said Turkey would continue to fight terrorism until it was fully eradicated.
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 enable the peaceful settlement of residents: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), and Peace Spring (2019).