Published On: Sat, May 11th, 2013

43 killed, over 100 injured as blasts rock Turkish town on Syrian border

A person is evacuated from the site where car bombs exploded on May 11, 2013 near the town hall in Reyhanli, just a few kilometres from the main border crossing into Syria (AFP Photo/ANATOLIAN NEWS AGENCY)

A person is evacuated from the site where car bombs exploded on May 11, 2013 near the town hall in Reyhanli, just a few kilometres from the main border crossing into Syria (AFP Photo/ANATOLIAN NEWS AGENCY)

Forty-three people were killed and over 100 injured when several explosions struck a city in southern Turkey, near the border with Syria, according to officials.

“Two car [bombs] were set off in front of the municipality,” Interior Minister Muammer Güler said, adding that one of the car bombs exploded outside the city hall while the other went off outside the post office in the city of Reyhanli.

In initial comments, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said nearly 20 people died in the blast.

“We have around 20 dead and 46 people were injured, but we have to note that many of the injuries are severe, which means the death toll could unfortunately rise,” he said.

A municipality building was severely damaged by one of the explosions, Reyhanli Mayor Huseyin Sanverdi said. A wooden building close to the municipality collapsed following the blasts.

Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said at least 15 ambulances rushed to the scene to help the injured, AP reported.

A few hours after that a third explosion was reported in Reyhanli.

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Source: Russia Today

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