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Turkey Arrests Nine In Investigation Of Deadly Bombings

NPR | May 13, 2013 3:01 a.m.

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Bill Chappell

Stars are seen in the sky with a destroyed building on a street littered with debris from one of the Saturday explosions that killed 46 and injured about 50 others, in Reyhanli, near Turkey's border with Syria, Sunday.

Stars are seen in the sky with a destroyed building on a street littered with debris from one of the Saturday explosions that killed 46 and injured about 50 others, in Reyhanli, near Turkey's border with Syria, Sunday.

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In Turkey, officials have arrested nine people in connection to what authorities say were two car bombs that killed 46 people near the Syrian border Saturday. Turkish officials say the suspects are Turkish civilians who are loyal to the Syrian regime.

“The bombs exploded in the border town of Reyhanli, which has been a gathering point for refugees, aid workers and smugglers bringing supplies into Syria to aid the effort to oust President Bashar al-Assad’s regime,” NPR’s Peter Kenyon reports from Istanbul for our Newscast Desk.

Turkey’s interior minister and other officials have said they believe Assad’s intelligence agency was involved in the attack, as the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reports.

“In Damascus, the Syrian information minister rejected any idea of Syrian involvement, and suggested that Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was responsible for the carnage,” Peter reports.

“Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said those involved were thought also to have stage an attack on the Syrian coastal town of Banias a week ago in which at least 62 people were killed,” according to Reuters.

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