Turkey: 3 killed in explosion near border with Syria

Turkey was also hit by a wave of attacks in 2015 and 2016 blamed on the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants that killed around 300 people.

5 July 2019 | 15:18

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 5 July 2019 | 15:18

Security and forensic officials work at the site after an explosion inside a vehicle in Reyhanli, Turkey, Friday, July 5, 2019. (AP Photo)

ANKARA, Turkey: A bomb went off in a car near Turkey’s border with Syria on Friday, killing three Syrians who were inside the vehicle, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters.

The blast occurred inside a car some 750 meters (yards) from a local government office in the border town of Reyhanli, in Hatay province, Anadolu Agency said.

“It is clear that there was a bomb inside the vehicle,” Erdogan said. “The findings at the moment indicated that it was more linked to terrorism.”

Earlier, Anadolu said two people were also hurt in the explosion and that several ambulances and police vehicles have been sent to the scene. Erdogan did not say how many people were injured in the blast.

In 2013, two car bomb attacks in Reyhanli killed 52 people, including Syrian refugees. Turkey blamed Syria’s intelligence agency for the attack.

Turkey was also hit by a wave of attacks in 2015 and 2016 blamed on the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants that killed around 300 people.

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