Urfa, Turkey – Al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attacked on Tuesday a checkpoint held by the Assayish force (security arm of the Democratic Union Party PYD) in the Manjuk village, southwest of Tel Abyad (Girespi) city in the province of Raqqa, northeast of Syria.
The ISIL-led car bomb attack claimed lives of two Kurdish fighters from the Popular Protection Units (YPG) –who jointly hold control over the checkpoint with the Assayish.
“The attack claimed lives of Ibrahim Mohammed from the city of Tel Abyad, and Marwan Mustafa Darwish from the village of Tel Fender (7 km west of Tel Abyad city) –both are YPG members,” a local source told ARA News.
“The executers (ISIL militants) have used the car of the citizen Haji Ali Issa, from Tel Abyad countryside. He is well known by the YPG forces in the area, which helped ISIL to execute the attack successfully,” the source reported.
Issa disappeared earlier this month and he was apparently kidnapped with his car by the ISIL group, according to one of his relatives who talked to ARA News.
A third member of the YPG was reportedly kidnapped from the location of the attack, local sources reported.
Meanwhile, clashes erupted near Tel Abyad between ISIL and YPG fighters after attack. The YPG investigated the villages near the checkpoint, and arrested two ISIL militants who were reportedly hiding in one of the houses.
According to the YPG Mecia Center, the Kurdish fighters advanced on Monday towards the Kurdish villages that fell under the ISIL control months ago.
Noteworthy, the western countryside of Tel Abyad saw continuous battles between the ISIL and the YPG for nearly one year, which led to the death of dozens among civilians, in addition to casualties in ranks of both conflicting groups.
Reporting by: Hana Muslim
Source: ARA News
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