Islamic State extremists killed in Syria

The attack was carried out in Sousian, northwest of Al-Bab and wounded many others, the sources said.

However, the United Kingdom-based monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) told Agence France-Presse that Turkey and its supported rebels control only 25 percent of al-Bab and there are still almost 700 jihadists fighting there.

The offensive for al-Bab began mid-November and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army, a loose array of rebel groups, took control of the town on Thursday. "Therefore we have many civilian casualties".

Fasik noted "it's been a long time since we entered al-Bab".

Dozens have been injured, the Britain-based watchdog says.

Last week, the Observatory reported that more than 400 al-Bab civilians had been killed in Turkish bombardments since November.

"They have been waiting for this moment [to return home]".

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A total of 1,900sq km in northern Syria has now been cleared of militant groups, Anadolu said.

A second explosion in Sousian also occurred later Friday, according to multiple media reports, but the extent of the damage was not immediately clear.

It had earlier said that 42 people, mainly rebels, had died, but later clarified to say the majority of those killed were civilians.

Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi Prime Minister, ordered his air force to carry out strikes over the border in Syria amid fears jihadis would flee the advance and consolidate their power elsewhere.

The targetted areas are part of Deir Ezzor province east of Syria, which has been under Daesh control since 2014, except small areas held by regime forces.

At least 44 members of the Islamic State terror organisation and a Turkish soldier were killed on Tuesday in clashes in northern Syria, according to a Turkish army statement. At least one of the streets appears completely destroyed, with buildings crumbling or leveled on both sides.

  • Sonia Alvarado