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Turkey bomb culprits must be punished: Sleiman

Forensic investigators seen at the entrance of police station after a suicide bomber threw a hand grenade and blew himself up in Istanbul, Turkey's biggest city, Sept. 11, 2012. AP Photo

BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman called Monday for the punishment of those behind the weekend bombings in Turkey that led to the killing of dozens of people.

“Those behind the attack – whatever their affiliation – must be punished,” Sleiman said in a statement, referring to the Saturday car bombings that killed close to 50 people in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli.

Ankara has accused a group with links to Syrian intelligence of carrying out the attacks.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that his country "would not fall into the trap they're trying to push us into" but added: "Whoever targets Turkey will sooner or later pay the price."

Syria’s Information Minister Omran Zohbi said Damascus had no hand in the Reyhanli blasts and blamed Turkey for the bloodshed in Syria, saying it had aided Al-Qaeda-led rebels.

The car bombs raised fears that Syria's civil war is dragging into neighboring countries.

 

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