May 12 - Mourners gather in Turkey’s Reyhanli to bury victims of Saturday’s car bomb attacks as Ankara blames Syrian forces and Damascus denies involvement. Sunita Rappai reports.
Residents of the Turkish town of Reyhanli begin to bury the victims of Saturday's bloody bomb attacks. At least forty-six people were killed and about 100 injured in twin car bombs in the town near the Turkish-Syrian border on Saturday, home to thousands of Syrian refugees. Authorities arrested nine people on Sunday - all Turkish citizens - including the alleged mastermind behind the bombings. Turkish interior minister Muammer Guler blamed Syria's government saying the group had links to President Bashar al-Assad's regime. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH INTERIOR MINISTER MUAMMER GULER, SAYING: "I can clearly say that the attacks were carried out by a group whose name and activities are known to us and which has direct links with Syria's Mukhabarat intelligence agency." Syria's Information Minister Omran Zubi, strongly rejected the accusation blaming Turkey for the carnage. Speaking on Syrian state TV he called Turkish Prime Minister Tayep Erdogan a murderer and called on him to resign. The bombs have increased fears that Syria's civil war is dragging in neighbouring states, despite renewed diplomatic moves towards ending two years of fighting in which more than 70,000 people have been killed.