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.”
Turkish soldiers are fighting Kurdish militias in the Afrin area of northern Syria, with the U.S. considering both forces allies. The Turkish offensive started more than a week ago, with the Syrian Observatory estimating that 66 people have been killed in the fighting.