A Kurdish official says the body of an American who died fighting with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group in Syria has been handed over to his family.

Idriss Naasan says hundreds of people turned up in the Kurdish town of Kobani to bid farewell to Keith Broomfield before his body was handed over to family at the Mursitpinar border gate with Turkey.

Broomfield, from Massachusetts, died June 3 in battle in a Syrian village near Kobani, making him likely the first U.S. citizen to die fighting alongside Kurds against the Islamic State group.

It was not immediately clear who was there to receive his body on the Turkish side. Kurds in Turkey lined the road, waving flags and applauding as the convoy carrying the body drove by.