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‘Attack on holy night shows terrorists’ treachery’

People pray at Haci Bayram-i Veli Mosque during a gathering to mark Lailat al-Barat in Ankara, Turkey on 19 April, 2019 [Murat Kaynak/Anadolu Agency]
People pray at Haci Bayram-i Veli Mosque during a gathering to mark Lailat al-Barat in Ankara, Turkey on 19 April, 2019 [Murat Kaynak/Anadolu Agency]

A terror group’s attack on Turkey’s military base at Muslim holy night of Barat shows its treachery, the country’s defense minister said on Saturday.

Four Turkish soldiers were martyred and six others injured on Friday during operations against terrorists in the Turkey-Iraq border area.

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar’s remarks came after the funeral ceremony of the soldiers in the southeastern Hakkari province.

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Akar said the terror group suffered heavy losses and was at a dead end due to Turkey’s military operations.

“Heinous attacks cannot frustrate Turkish Armed Forces, which will continue its duties with increasing determination,” Akar said.

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin expressed his condolences to the Turkish nation over the attack on Turkish military base martyring four soldiers.

“The terrorists and their supporters will definitely lose. Our flag will continue to fly freely and proudly,” Kalin wrote on Twitter.

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