Turkish army hits 71 so-called Islamic State targets in Syria

A rebel fighter stands near a Turkish tank as it fires towards a village. Credit: Reuters

The Turkish army said it had hit 71 so-called Islamic State targets in Syria in the last 24 hours, intensifying strikes against the group which has claimed responsibility for the latest bomb attack in southeast Turkey.

Five IS fighters were killed in the strikes, along with five Turkey-backed rebels and one Turkish soldier, the army said in its statement.

It said coalition forces conducted five air strikes, killing another eight so-called Islamic State militants.

Turkey is backing a group of Syrian Arabs in northern Syria in its Euphrates Shield operation which has swept IS from its southern border.