12 May 2013, 13:50

Nine Turkish citizens arrested over Saturday's blasts which killed 46 people near Syrian border

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Turkish authorities have detained nine people after twin car bombings which killed 46 people in the Turkish town of Reyhanli near the Syrian border, deputy prime minister Besir Atalay said on Sunday.

All nine people detained over twin car bombings in the Turkish town of Reyhanli that killed 46 people are Turkish citizens, Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said on Sunday.

Interior Minister Muammer Guler, who was also speaking on Turkish television, said the attacks on Saturday were carried out by a group known to the Turkish authorities and with direct links to Syria's Mukhabarat intelligence agency.

Syria denies involvement in deadly car bombings in Turkey

Syria denied Turkish accusations on Sunday that it had a hand in twin car bombings that killed more than 40 people in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli on Saturday.

"Syria did not and will never do such a act because our values do not allow this. It is not anyone's right to hurl unfounded accusations," Syrian Information Minister Omran Zubi was quoted as saying on state media.

Turkey sees Assad's hand in car bombings - foreign minister

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sunday that he believed fighters loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were behind twin car bombings that killed more than 40 people in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli on Saturday.

"The attack has nothing to do with the Syrian refugees in Turkey, it's got everything to do with the Syrian regime," Davutoglu said in an interview on Turkey's TRT television.

He said those behind Saturday's bombings were believed also to have been behind an attack on the Syrian coastal town of Banias a week ago, in which fighters backing Assad in a civil war were reported to have killed at least 62 people. 

Car bombs kill 43 in Turkish town near Syrian border

At least 43 people have died and more than 140 were injured in twin car blasts that ripped through the Turkish town of Reyhanli near the Syrian border. The Voice of Russia correspondent Olga Haldiz reports.

At 1.55 pm local time two explosive-laden cars blew up near the local town hall and the post office.

Turkey’s Healthcare Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said some 15 ambulances have rushed to the site as well as an ambulance helicopter and two planes to evacuate the wounded.

The town has also suffered a blackout caused by the explosions.

The blasts have sparked violence against Syrians living in the area. Police are on alert.

Voice of Russia, Reuters

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