[Several explosions have hit the southern province of Hatay’s Reyhanlı district on the Turkish-Syrian border. DHA photo]
Hurriyet Daily News: Several explosions have hit the southern province of Hatay’s Reyhanlı district on the Turkish-Syrian border, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens more.
“Two car [bombs] were set off in front of the municipality,” Interior Minister Muammer Güler told reporters, but other reports indicated that there were three or more explosions.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned that the death toll may rise, as many injured were in critical condition, in his first remarks after the attacks.
Initial reports said many casualties had been brought to nearby hospitals by ambulance.
The municipality building has also been severely damaged, according to reports.
A wooden building close to the municipality collapsed following the explosions, while power has reportedly been cut in the town. Police have also taken heavy security measures.
The explosions caused massive panic in Reyhanlı, leading many locals to try and leave town, according to reports.