Report: Turkish soldier shoots man dead in car near Syrian border

Soldiers had opened fire on the car, which was carrying a total of five people suspected of being smugglers. (File photo: AFP)

A Turkish soldier shot a man dead after his car entered a militarized zone in the southeastern province of Kilis near the Syrian border, Dogan news agency reported on Tuesday.

Soldiers had opened fire on the car, which was carrying a total of five people suspected of being smugglers, after it failed to stop despite warnings from the troops. The 26 year-old man died at the Kilis hospital after sustaining a head injury.

The Turkish military was not immediately available for comment on the report.

Facing harsh criticism from Western allies for failing to stop the flow of foreign fighters en route to Syria to join ISIS, Turkey has set up a series of militarized zones along its 900-km (560-mile) border.
 

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