TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A car bombing has killed three Turkish soldiers in a Turkish-controlled area in northern Syria, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said.

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The ministry said the attack occurred late on Thursday as the soldiers were carrying out road checks in northern Syria, in an area that is under the control of Turkish forces and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels since a Turkish incursion into the region in October.

“Three heroic brothers-in-arms were martyred in a car-bomb attack during a road check,” the ministry said. It did not provide further details on the attack, according to AP.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Turkey invaded the border area in neighboring Syria to drive away the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), a group it considers terrorists.

Thursday’s blast was the latest in a series of attacks targeting Turkish troops in northern Syria. Four soldiers were killed last week in a similar car bomb explosion.

More than 20 Turkish soldiers have died in the region since the start of the incursion, which drew widespread international criticism.