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DAMASCUS, April 6 (Xinhua) -- A landmine ripped through a group of Turkish soldiers on Tuesday in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah, killing four and wounding seven others, a war monitor reported.

The landmine exploded in the area between the villages of Qashqai and Rihaniyeh northwest of the town of Tal Tamr near a Turkish base in Hasakah Province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Following the first explosion, a second landmine exploded when another group of Turkish soldiers arrived in the area, said the Observatory.

The Britain-based watchdog said the death toll is likely to rise due to the number of critically wounded soldiers.

It is worth noting that the Turkish forces have several bases in northeastern and northern Syria as part of the Turkish efforts to quell the influence of the Kurdish groups.

The Syrian government has repeatedly called for the withdrawal of Turkish and U.S. forces from Syria, saying they have entered the country without the approval of the government.

Activists usually report a state of lawlessness in areas controlled by the Turkish forces and the Turkey-backed rebels in northern Syria.

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