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43 dead in Turkey car bombings near Syria

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REYHANLI, Turkey — In one of the deadliest attacks in Turkey in recent years, two car bombs exploded near the border with Syria on Saturday, killing 43 and wounding 140 others. Turkish officials blamed the attack on a group linked to Syria, and one called the neighboring country’s intelligence service and military ‘‘the usual suspects.’’

The explosions, which were 15 minutes apart and hit the town of Reyhanli’s busiest street, raised fears that Turkey could be drawn into Syria’s war. Turkey already hosts Syria’s political opposition and rebel commanders, has given shelter to Syrian refugees and in the past retaliated against Syrian shells that landed in Turkey.

Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said the assailants were from Turkey, but were linked to Syria’s intelligence service.

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