Syrian Kurdish forces expel Islamic State from Kobani: monitor
Smoke rises in the Syrian town of Kobani, as pictured from the Turkish side of the border near Suruc, Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 27, 2015 - REUTERS

BEIRUT: Kurdish YPG forces expelled Islamic State fighters from Syria’s Kobani on Saturday and took back full control of the town on the Turkish border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

There were still some clashes between the YPG and the militant group to the south of the town, the Observatory’s founder Rami Abdulrahman said.

Islamic State has killed around 200 people in the Kobani area since launching a raid on the town early on Thursday, he added.

An explosion hit the Syrian town of Kobani on Saturday, a witness said, sending plumes of smoke into the air days after the town suffered an attack by Islamic State militants that killed at least 145 people.

The cause of the explosion, which appeared to come from the centre of the town, was not immediately clear, said a Reuters cameraman who was near the town at the Turkish border.

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