Minivan Bomb Explosion at the Turkey/Syria Border

Today, February 11, 2013; thirteen people have been killed and 30 people have been severely injured by a car bomb detonating on the Turkey-Syrian border.  Three of the thirteen casualties were Turks, the others Syrian. Sources say a minivan with Syrian license plates drove to the Cilvegozu border post, which is one of the main crossing points for Syrian refugees to enter into Turkey, shortly before the explosion. The incident not only ripped apart cars, but also blasted the gate open and collapsed part of the roof. In the past, Turkey has responded to Syrian border incidents with gunfire and mortar rounds, and is currently holding NATO Patriot missiles to defend itself against possible attacks from Syria. “… whether this was a vehicle laden with explosives or another type of explosion, I think, at the latest, will become clear tomorrow,” said Bulent Arinc, who is the deputy prime minister of Turkey as well as the government spokesman, told reporters after a regular cabinet meeting.


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