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Turkey says 2 killed in car bomb attack near Syria border

Turkish Armed Forces' reinforcements, including howitzers, tanks, ammunition, armored construction machines and other military vehicles, are being deployed to Syria border on February 16, 2020 as they pass through Reyhanli district of Turkey's Hatay [Cem Genco / Anadolu Agency]
Turkish Armed Forces' reinforcements, including howitzers, tanks, ammunition, armored construction machines and other military vehicles, are being deployed to Syria border on February 16, 2020 as they pass through Reyhanli district of Turkey's Hatay [Cem Genco / Anadolu Agency]

A car bomb attack by the Kurdish YPG militia killed two people and wounded five on Sunday in the northeastern Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the Turkish border, the Turkish Defence Ministry said in a statement, reported Reuters.

The Arab town, from which Turkish-backed forces last October pushed out the YPG militia in a major campaign spearheaded by the Turkish army, has seen a series of car blasts that have killed dozens of civilians.

“The perpetrator was captured alive along with another terrorist who came to the area with a bomb-rigged vehicle for a second attack,” the ministry said.

Turkey’s Anadolu Agency said earlier, citing security sources, that four civilians were killed in the attack.

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Turkey views the YPG as a terrorist organisation linked to Kurdish insurgents on its own soil. The group was not immediately available for comment. Syrian Arab rebels accused the YPG of carrying out the blasts, which they say seek to sow fear in areas where Turkey has carved a sphere of influence with the help of Syrian Arab rebels it backs and arms.

The Arab inhabitants of the area look at Ankara as their protector and accuse the Syrian Kurdish militia of forcibly pushing out the tribal population from these border area where they claim the YPG has sought to change its demography.

The US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia refutes those claims and says Turkey has expansionist designs. It also defends policies that adversaries say discriminate against Arabs as redressing historic grievances as persecuted Kurds.

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