The interior ministry of Turkey on Saturday announced, at least 40 people were killed and around 100 others were injured following coordinated car bomb explosions in Turkish town of Reyhanli, near the Syrian border.
Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler said, at least 29 people among 100 injured are in critical health condition.
He said the first first blast occurred at about 1:55 p.m. at the municipality building, which houses city government offices, which was followed by the second, more powerful, blast that occurred in front of the post office.
The bombing increased fears that Syria’s civil war was dragging in neighboring states despite renewed diplomatic moves towards ending fighting in which more than 70,000 people have been killed.
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said, “Our thoughts are that their Mukhabarat [the Syrian intelligence agency] and armed organisations are the usual suspects in planning and the carrying out of such devilish plans.”
He said Syrian refugees were a frequent target of the Syrian regime however Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, earlier had raised the possibility that the bombings may be related to Turkey’s peace talks with Kurdish rebels meant to end a nearly 30-year-old conflict.