One dead after rockets hits Turkish border town: security sources

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Posted: May 05, 2016 11:04 AM

DIYARBAKIR/ANKARA (Reuters) - Five rockets from Islamic State-controlled Syrian territory struck the Turkish border town of Kilis, killing one and injuring eight people, security sources said on Thursday.

Kilis, just across the border from a region of northern Syria controlled by the militant group, has been frequently hit by rocket fire in recent weeks.

Turkey's military had previously retaliated with fire into the militant-controlled lands. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Ankara was ready to send ground forces into Syria to tackle Islamic State militants if need be.

NATO member Turkey is part of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the militants in Syria and northern Iraq and has stepped up its efforts after initial reluctance to confront the group, which controls swathes of territory along its border.

The United States and Turkey have for months been discussing a military plan to drive Islamic State from the border.

(Reporting by Seyhmus Cakan, Orhan Coskun; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk and Dasha Afanasieva; Editing by David Dolan and Ralph Boulton)