Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

3 killed in vehicle explosion in southern Turkey

3 killed in vehicle explosion in southern Turkey

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

The blast occurred less than a kilometre from the Reyhanli district governor's office before 1000 GMT, state news agency Anadolu reported.

Hatay Governor Rahmi Doğan said three people inside the parked auto were killed in the explosion and the subsequent fire, and two others were injured.

On May 11, 2013, a bomb-laden vehicle was detonated in Reyhanlı town center first, killing scores and causing destruction. The passengers in the vehicle were being investigated for potential links to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). Turkey blamed Syria's intelligence agency for the attack.

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Three people who died inside the auto were Syrians.

A twin vehicle bombing blamed on pro-Damascus groups in May 2013 in Reyhanli killed more than 50 people in one of the deadliest attacks in Turkey's recent history.

"Reyhanli is close to Syria's Idlib province so it is [an] important [location] for Syrians passing through from Turkey to Syria", she said.

Turkish officials had for years suspected the involvement of the Syrian regime in the attack before apprehending Nazik.

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