Turkey Tuesday pounded ISIS extremists in Syria with new artillery strikes as expectations grew of a major Ankara-backed offensive against the extremists after a deadly suicide bombing on its soil.

 

With tensions flaring on the Turkey-Syria border following the bombing in the nearby city of Gaziantep that left 54 people dead, Turkish howitzers Monday hit extremist and Kurdish rebel targets across the frontier.

 

Turkey has been shaken by one of the bloodiest years in its modern history, with a string of attacks by ISIS extremists and Kurdish militants and the botched July 15 coup.

 

In new fighting Tuesday, two mortar rounds fired from an ISIS-controlled area in Syria hit the southeastern Turkish town of Karkamis, Turkish television reported.

 

Turkish artillery responded by hitting four ISIS positions around the extremist-controlled Syrian town of Jarablus with around 60 shells, it said.