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Car blast near Syrian border may be terror-linked, says Turkish President Erdogan

“The initial findings suggest there may be more of a link with terror.”It is clear that there was a bomb in the car,” he said.

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Turkey has blamed Syria for car explosion that hit inside a vehicle near Turkey’s border on Friday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that “three Syrians were killed in the Turkish town of Reyhanli close to the Syrian border in a car blast that may be terror-related.”

“The initial findings suggest there may be more of a link with terror.”It is clear that there was a bomb in the car,” he said.

During a television show, President Erdogan said, “Our colleagues are looking into who was behind this”.

“The government would provide more information in a few hours”, he further added.

At least two people have died and two others injured after an explosion hit inside a vehicle near Turkey’s border with Syria

According to state news agency Anadolu, the blast took place less than a kilometre from the Reyhanli district governor’s office around 1000 GMT.

Images in Turkish media showed thick black smoke and flames from the car as firefighters fought the blaze.

In 2013, two car bomb attacks in Reyhanli that killed 52 people, including Syrian refugees.

The last major attack was the New Year massacre by a gunman at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul just minutes into 2017 that killed 39 people.