Saturday, 11 May 2013

Blasts kill dozens in Turkish town Reyhanli on Syria border

Blasts kill dozens in Turkish town Reyhanli on Syria border

The BBC's Naomi Grimley reports on the deadly blasts 
Twin car bombs have killed 40 people and injured 100 in the Turkish town of Reyhanli, near the Syrian border.
Muammer Guler told Turkey's NTV the first bombs had gone off in the town near the town hall and post office.
Video showed injured people being carried to safety amid shattered buildings and twisted wrecks of cars.
No group said they had carried out the attack but a top member of the Turkish government suggested Syrian involvement.

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"Our thoughts are that their Mukhabarat [the Syrian intelligence agency] and armed organisations are the usual suspects in planning and the carrying out of such devilish plans," Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said.
Reyhanli is an entry-point for refugees from the war in Syria and local people attacked cars with Syrian number-plates and Syrian refugees after the attack, according to local media.
The Turkish government has been a key supporter of the Syrian opposition, and has allowed rebels as well as refugees on to its territory.
Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen condemned the bombing in a statement as "despicable" and said the organisation stood by Turkey, a member of the alliance.
'So many' Hours after the initial blasts, reports came in of a third blast in a residential area but the government said it was the fuel tank of a car exploding and not connected to the attacks.
It appears that the first bombs went off 15 minutes apart and video posted on Turkish media shows people running to help victims of the first when there is the sound of a second explosion.
Emergency services looked for possible victims buried under the debris.
"I was sitting in my pharmacy and suddenly we heard a massive explosion," eyewitness Ismail Akin told Reuters news agency.
"When I looked from my window I saw wounded people and dead bodies."
Another witness, Hayrullah Bal, said: "We were a bit far away from the explosions, it suddenly happened and everybody started to run. It was so strong that all the windows shattered."
A resident evacuates an injured woman from the bomb scene in Reyhanli, Turkey, 11 May Residents carried injured survivors to safety
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