The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) said in a statement that a Russian airstrike had killed “by mistake” three Turkish soldiers and injured 11 near al-Bab on Thursday morning.
“9 February 8:40am, a war plane belonging to the Russian Federation that was targeting IS positions in the area of the Euphrates Shield Operation accidentally bombed a building where Turkish Armed Forces were present, martyring 3 of our heroic brothers in arms while injuring 11. Our wounded staff have been taken to hospital to be given the proper care,” the statement read.
Earlier reports had suggested the Syrian Armed Forces carried out the aerial attack, with Turkish media reporting that the soldiers had died in clashes with the IS group.
According to Sputnik, Putin said the Turkish soldiers had died due to a lack of coordination during Russia’s and Turkey’s joint operations in Syria.
However, the Russian President called his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to express his condolences for the soldiers who died in the bombing.