Turkey: 104 Islamic State militants killed in strikes

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Posted: May 28, 2016 8:18 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and Turkish artillery fire against the Islamic State group in Syria have killed 104 militants, the Turkish military said Saturday.

The state-run Anadolu Agency, quoting military officials, said the strikes came late Friday, hours after rockets fired from Syria hit the southern Turkish town of Kilis and wounded five people. It said the airstrikes and artillery fire also destroyed 7 buildings used as IS headquarters.

The claim could not be independently verified, and Turkey has not explained how it can count casualties in Syria.

On Saturday, the Turkish military also retaliated after two rockets landed in an field near the town of Oguzeli in the border province Gaziantep, Anadolu reported. The private Dogan news agency said one of the rockets landed in a garden close to Gaziantep Airport, but did not cause any injuries or damage.

Cross-border fire from Syria has claimed 21 lives and wounded dozens in Kilis this year.

Turkish authorities blame the attacks on IS, which has a presence in northern Syria. Turkey typically responds by shelling IS positions.