13 May 2013

Syria denies role in Turkey car bomb attacks

10:47 am on 13 May 2013

The Syrian government denies being responsible for two car bombs that killed 46 people in a Turkish border town.

Information minister Omran al-Zoubi told a news conference that Syria would never commit such an act because its values do not allow it, the BBC reports.

The Turkish government has said it suspects the involvement of Syrian intelligence.

The police say nine people - all Turkish citizens - have been arrested in connection with the attacks at Reyhanli on Saturday.

Turkey, a NATO member, is a strong supporter of the opposition in Syria's civil war and a vocal critic of President Bashar al-Assad's government.

The US and Nato have condemned the bombings and expressed support for Turkey.