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article imageTurkish citizens arrested over car-bomb attack claiming 46 lives

By R. C. Camphausen     May 12, 2013 in World
Ankara - While Syria was all too quickly blamed as being behind the bombs that killed 46 and wounded more than 150, it now emerges that planning and execution is an all Turkish affair. Among the dead and wounded are Syrians as well.
Digital Journal carried a short report yesterday concerning the explosions in Reyhanlı, located in the Hatay district along the border with Syria. The area not only functions as temporary shelter for refugees seeking to escape from the Syrian civil war, but even without that it's a region known for being home to many minorities; including Kurds and Alawites.
Today, the Turkish Hürriyet Daily News reports that nine Turkish citizens have meanwhile been apprehended. It also cited Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as suggesting that the attack was more likely connected to the 'resolution process' that has begun with the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters from Turkey and the possibility of a peaceful solution of the animosity between Turkey and the Kurdish minority. The suggestion is that some, from one side or the other, are set to disturb that process.
While police and secret service seem to have been fast and efficient in tracking down the alleged mastermind and helpers, more persons are being sought and more arrests are expected.
According to Sunday's Zaman, "five of the captured suspects are members of the terrorist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) while the remaining four are members of the Acilciler (“Urgent Ones”), a splinter faction of the Turkish People's Liberation Party/Front (THKP/C) operating in the border provinces of Turkey. The suspects are accused of helping the bomb-laden vehicles enter Turkey."
When Syria had been blamed as the 'usual suspect', a statement by Interior Minister Muammer Güler, the Syrian government had immediately responded with a Not-Guilty plea. As of now, it seems that the overzealous condemnation of Syria has to be retracted by many a politician, not to mention the media.
More than 10 Syrian citizens are among the dead and wounded.
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