Turkish town erupts in violence following Donnelly’s trip to region

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 12, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Updated Sunday, May 12 at 11:52 PM

(WHAS11) -- Two car bombs exploded in a Turkish border town on Saturday, a hub for Syrian refugees.

The blasts raised fears that Syria’s civil war violence was crossing over into Turkey.

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister said Syrian Intelligence and Military were behind the attacks, but Al-Qaeda linked rebels continue to also be a concern.

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly just returned from the Syrian border.

“It's very, very dangerous. I have talked to the Syrian opposition, talked to the Turkish government there and talked to families in the area and one of our biggest concerns is that Al Nusra, which is a rebel group tied to Al Qaeda, is trying to create additional havoc,” Donnelly said.

“The very people who attacked our country are the ones in Syria right now who are looking to get their hands on chemical weapons, which is a nightmare scenario,” Donnelly continued.

Forty people and 100 others were killed in Saturday’s blast. If they are linked to Syria it would be the largest death toll in Turkey related to Syria’s civil war.
 

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