Turkish president: Car explosion in Turkey kills three, may be terrorism-related

Turkish president: Car explosion in Turkey kills three, may be terrorism-related
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  • calendar-gray 05 July 2019

A car exploded in southeast Turkey near the border with Syria on Friday, killing three Syrian people, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said, adding that initial findings showed the blast may be terrorism-related, APA reports citing Reuters. 

The explosion took place in the town of Reyhanli, where officials are carrying out inspections to determine its cause, Erdogan said. He said it was clear the explosion was the result of a bomb inside the vehicle detonating.

Security sources said one of the Syrian passengers in the car was a suicide bomber whose explosive device detonated early, causing the blast. The sources said the passengers in the car were being investigated for potential links to Islamic State, and added that one person was also wounded in the blast.

Reyhanli is home to thousands of Syrian refugees. Following a series of bombings in the region in 2013, Turkey tightened controls along its 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria.

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