42 dead in Turkey car bombings near Syria

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Associated Press

Posted on May 11, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Updated Saturday, May 11 at 6:03 PM

REYHANLI, Turkey (AP) — It's one of the deadliest attacks in Turkey in recent years. Two car bombs near the border with Syria have left 42 people dead and about 140 others wounded.

A senior Turkish official is blaming Syria for the blasts, which took place on a busy street. One of the car bombs exploded just outside a city hall. The other went off outside the post office. The two blasts took place 15 minutes apart.

The explosions are raising fears that Turkey could be drawn into Syria's civil war.

Turkey already hosts Syria's political opposition and rebel commanders. It's given shelter to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. And in the past, it has retaliated against Syrian shells that landed in Turkey.

The Turkish deputy prime minister says if it's proven that Syria was behind the attack, Turkey will "do whatever is necessary."

161-r-17-(Sound of people shouting as they walked through debris, in the aftermath of two explosions in this Turkish border town)--Sound of local people shouting as they carried injured people through the rubble-strewn streets after two car bombs exploded in this Turkish border town. COURTESY: Anadolu Agency ((mandatory on-air credit)) (As of this update 42 people were confirmed dead and 140 injured.) Updated: 05/11/2013-02:15:40 PM ET (11 May 2013)

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150-r-15-(Sound of commotion, sirens, and an explosion as people were running for cover, in Turkish town near Syrian border)--Sound of commotion and sirens followed by an explosion as people ran for cover; two car bombs went off in a Turkish town near the border with Syria, killing at least 18 people. COURTESY: Anadolu Agency ((mandatory on-air credit)) (11 May 2013)

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APPHOTO ANK810: The site of one of the explosions after several explosions killed at least 40 people and injured dozens in Reyhanli, near Turkey's border with Syria, Saturday, May 11, 2013, Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler said. (AP Photo/IHA) TURKEY OUT (11 May 2013)

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