In Syria, Turkish troops killed in possible suicide bombing attack by Kurdish fighter

A Turkish tank.
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Several Turkish soldiers were killed and a tank destroyed Saturday in Syria when a Kurdish fighter threw a grenade at them, Kurdish forces said Sunday.

The independent Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Kurdish fighter, who also died, threw a grenade down the turret of the tank, The New York Times reports, and its director, Rami Abdulrahman, said he did not believe it was supposed to be a suicide attack. The bomber has been identified as 20-year-old Zuluh Hemo, who fought with the Women's Protection Units, or YPJ, using the name Avesta Habur. In a statement, her unit, which is part of the Syrian Democratic Forces, called her a "heroine" who "attacked the tank and blew herself up with the tank," and a "model of free Kurdish women."

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