Nine Turks held after car blasts

Turkey's deputy prime minister has said the nine people detained after the deadly car bombs in the border town of Reyhanli are all Turkish citizens. The administration earlier claimed Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime was behind the attack.

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Deputy PM: Assad govt behind Turkey bombings

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been accused over the Turkey blasts. Credit: Reuters/Sana

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government are the "usual suspects" behind car bombs in Turkey that killed around 40 people and wounded 100 more, Turkish deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc said.

He added that Turkey must wait for the results of an investigation before deciding on any response.

The blasts occurred in the town of Reyhanli close to the border and home to many of the more than 300,000 refugees who have sought shelter from the uprising against Assad that erupted in Syria in March 2011.

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Explosions near Turkey-Syria border were car bombs

Officials have said the explosions close to the Syrian border in the Turkish town of Reyhanli, which have killed at least four people and left 18 injured, were caused by two car bombs.

Confirming the casualty figures, Turkey's interior minister Muammer Guler said: "Of course we are worried the numbers could rise".

He said the cars exploded in front of a municipality building and a post office.

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