At least 8 Tal Abyad locals killed in car bomb attack by YPG
Turkey's defense ministry stated on Sunday that at least 8 civilians were killed in a car bomb attack [carried out by the YPG -- the Syrian extension of the bloody-minded PKK terrorist organization ---] in the border town of Tal Abyad located in the northeastern region of war-torn Syria.
"Innocent civilians have once again been slaughtered by murderous PKK/YPG terrorists. 8 civilians have been killed, more than 20 have been injured in an IED attack carried out by the terrorists in south of Tal Abyad," the ministry said on Twitter.
The village of Suluk, where Sunday's explosion took place, is around 10 km south of the border. A small truck exploded outside a bakery there, an emergency worker said.
The bloody terror attack came more than a week after a similar blast in central Tal Abyad left more than 10 locals dead.
Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn were cleared of terrorists during Turkey's Operation Peace Spring -- launched on Oct. 9 in order to secure Turkey's borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria's territorial integrity by kicking YPG and Daesh terrorists out of the northern region of conflict-ravaged Syria .
Ankara wants YPG/PKK terrorists to withdraw from the region so that a safe zone can be created to pave the way for the safe return of some two million refugees.
On Oct. 22, Turkey and Russia reached a deal under which YPG/PKK terrorists would pull back 30 km (18.6 mi) south of Turkey's border with Syria, and security forces from Turkey and Russia would mount joint patrols there.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the PKK's Syrian offshoot.