Two Turkish soldiers killed in al-Bab

Two Turkish soldiers have died and three have been injured in a roadside bomb planted by the Islamic State (IS) group in al-Bab, the Turkish chief of General Staff has announced.

The Turkish army said that the explosion occurred on the Tadef highway south-east of al-Bab while Turkish soldiers, as part of the Euphrates Shield operation, were clearing the region of mines and explosives.

Earlier this morning, IS had targeted al-Bab with a suicide car bomb killing 41 people.

After an intense battle that raged for months, Turkish-backed FSA groups declared yesterday that al-Bab was under their control. Reports from the region said that IS had retreated from the town after defeat was imminent.

The Turkish army and its allied FSA factions launched the al-Bab offensive on 4 December last year as part of its Euphrates Shield operation. As many as 67 Turkish soldiers died in the fight to take al-Bab alone, with no official numbers given for FSA casualties, thought to be in their hundreds.