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10 dead in fuel tank explosion near Turkey-Syria border

Riot police use water cannon against students in Istanbul on May 16, 2013 during a protest against government policies they say resulted in last weekend's deadly twin bombings. (AFP)

At least 10 people were killed on Friday in an explosion after alleged smugglers set a fuel depot on fire in response to a police crackdown, a local official said.

The suspects set ablaze an illegal fuel depot located in the basement of a three-story building in a small village near Turkey's border with Syria, triggering a strong explosion that also wounded three people, AFP reported.

The suspected smugglers were trying to elude a crackdown by security forces that raided their shelter after a tip-off, Hatay city governor Celalettin Lekesiz was quoted as saying by Anatolia news agency.

The explosion came days after twin car bombs rocked a border town in the same region on Saturday, killing 51 people. Official reports did not establish a connection between the incidents.

Earlier today, Turkey arrested a prime suspect who they feel is responsible for the twin car bombings.

However, Turkey noted that there are still two other suspects at large.

The man who was arrested on Friday allegedly purchased the vehicles used in the bombings and was caught trying to cross the border into Syria along with two accomplices.

With the latest arrest, Turkey now holds four people in jail while four others have been freed pending trial, according to AFP.

Another four will be taken to court later in the day and may either be remanded or freed, according to the governor and reported by AFP.

 

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Last Update: Friday, 17 May 2013 KSA 19:42 - GMT 16:42
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