• Loading stock data...

Kwetu Bongo

Online Magazine

2 killed in explosion near border with Syria

A bomb went off in a car near Turkey’s border with Syria on Friday, killing two Syrians who were inside the vehicle, Turkey’s interior minister said. A third Syrian was injured.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media after Friday prayers in Istanbul, Friday, July 5, 2019. A bomb went off in a car in Reyhanli, near Turkey’s border with Syria on Friday, killing three Syrians who were inside the vehicle, Erdogan told reporters. The blast occurred some 750 meters (yards) from a local government office in Reyhanli in Hatay province, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the explosion appeared to be terror-linked.

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.

Earlier, Erdogan said three Syrians were killed in the explosion, but Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu later said only two were killed. The third Syrian was in serious condition.

Soylu said the explosion was caused by a hand-made bomb which went off while the car was in transit. He said all three Syrians were legally registered in Turkey. He did not identify them.

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

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.

Security and forensic officials work at the site after an explosion inside a vehicle in Reyhanli, Turkey, Friday, July 5, 2019. The blast occurred inside a car some 750 meters (yards) from a local government office in Reyhanli in Hatay province, near the border with Syria and has left two people dead and two others injured, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported

In the last major attack, 39 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at an Istanbul nightclub during New Year celebrations in the early hours of 2017. The attack was claimed by the IS group.

Jury to consider death penalty in Chinese scholar killing
10 years after deadly riots, China’s Xinjiang under lockdown

Recommended
A decade after deadly riots tore through his hometown, Kamilane…
Please wait...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Want to be notified when our article is published? Enter your email address and name below to be the first to know.