Group claims responsibility for targeting Turkish convoy in Syria’s Idlib

IDLIB, Syria (North Press) – On Tuesday, the Ansar Abu Bakr al-Siddiq group claimed responsibility for an attack on a Turkish convoy near Bab al-Hawa crossing, north of Idlib, which killed a Turkish soldier.

On May 10, a Turkish soldier was killed and more than ten others were wounded when an IED exploded near the Syrian-Turkish border, north of Idlib, northwestern Syria.

The attack on the Turkish convoy came hours after the death of a child who was run over by a Turkish armored vehicle in the town of Neirab, east of Idlib.

“The targeting of the Turkish convoy with an explosive device came in response to the killing of the child Sima Mustafa al-Nabhan in the town of Neirab, east of Idlib,” the group stated.

On Tuesday, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced on its Twitter that one soldier was killed and four others were wounded in the targeting of a Turkish army convoy with an explosive device.

On the 27th of April, the group announced that it had targeted a military convoy of the Turkish forces near the town of Mastouma, south of Idlib.

It said at the time that the operation came in response to the killing of a woman while she was working on agricultural land near the town of Atma, north of Idlib, by bullets from what it called “the Turkish NATO army” near the Turkish border.

Not much is known about the Ansar Abu-Bakr al-Siddiq brigade, which is unaffiliated with any Turkish-backed  or regime-backed military coalitions or operations rooms; local sources suggest that it is the remnants of the Guardians of Religion Organization.

Reporting by Bara’ al-Shami