Kurdish forces have driven Islamic State (IS) militants from Kobane, activists say, ending a four-month battle for the northern Syrian town.

Fighters from the Popular Protection Units (YPG) were said to have entered outlying areas in the east of the town after the jihadists retreated.

There were reports of people dancing in the streets and of celebratory gunfire.

The battle for Kobane was seen as a major test of the US-led coalition’s strategy to combat IS with air strikes.

More than 160,000 people fled the mainly Kurdish town and crossed over the nearby border with Turkey after IS launched an assault in September.

The ensuing fighting has left at least 1,600 people dead, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based activist group.

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