According to Turkey’s armed forces, three Turkish soldiers have been killed and four wounded during clashes with ISIL fighters in northern Syria.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Turkish military said ISIL “elements” had targeted two of its tanks “in a rocket attack” near the Syrian town of al-Rai.

The army initially said that two of its troops had been killed, but later added that another soldier had succumbed to his wounds.

It also said that two Ankara-backed Syrian fighters were killed and two wounded in clashes with ISIL in the same region.

Turkey first sent tanks across the border on August 24 as part of a two-pronged offensive against ISIL, which stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and Kurdish-led forces.

Four days later, the Turkish army suffered its first fatality in northern Syria in a similar rocket attack blamed on Kurdish militia.