Rockets Hit Turkey Border Town, One Dead

At least one person has been killed, and another 26 injured, after rockets struck a town in Turkey, close to the Syrian border.

Rockets pounded the Turkish town of Kilis near the Syrian border on Sunday, a Reuters witness reported, killing one person and injuring 26, a day after the government promised to protect the area from repeated attacks by Islamic State militants.

Two rockets struck houses in a poor neighbourhood near the town centre in the morning. Sixteen people were injured and Turkish soldiers near the border returned fire into Syria, security sources said.

Later in the day, one person was killed and 10 more injured when two more rockets crashed into a mosque, Hurriyet Daily News reported. The mosque was 100 metres from the governor’s office, where Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan was holding talks at the time.

“I am calling for our citizens to be calm,” Akdogan told a news conference in Kilis. “All measures will be taken in this regard. Unfortunately there is no authority across our border.”

Akdogan said measures would be announced after a cabinet meeting on Monday.

Police later used water cannon to disperse residents who were protesting what they said was the government’s lack of action over the attacks, Dogan new agency reported. Some of the residents called on the local governor to resign, while others shouted slogan against the government.

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