At least two ISIS attacks Friday near a Syrian town killed more than 60, mostly civilians and including two Turkish soldiers. A suicide car bomb went off outside a security office operated by the Syrian opposition in a village eight kilometers (five miles) north of al-Bab.
Hours later, another car bomb attack was reported in Sousian, claiming the lives of at least eight. The Turkish military earlier announced that its troops and allied Syrian opposition fighters are in full control of al-Bab. On Friday, civilians were attempting to return to al-Bab when the attack occurred. IS militants remain in control of areas around the town. Regarding the incident, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said that Turkish forces are carefully carrying out operations to clear mines and hand-made explosives from the city, but unfortunately such incidents happen. “All kinds of support will be given [to the Al-Bab residents] to help normalize life in the city and [ensure that ] the residents safely return to their homes,” the head of the Turkish General Staff said on Friday.