Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Monday’s deadly bomb attack at the Turkish-Syrian border was meant to provoke the Ankara government.
Fourteen people were killed and dozens more were injured when a Syrian mini-bus exploded at the checkpoint near the Turkish town of Reyhanli.
Erdogan hinted that his government may retaliate against whoever carried out the attack.
“If this happens within our borders, it is to get Turkey involved. We are not intimidated but we want to be sure that we get full clarification. Then we will take all the required steps but this won’t go unpunished,” he said.
Earlier, the Syrian National Council opposition group claimed intended target was a delegation of its leaders who were expected to pass through the border around the same time.
Meanwhile UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has once again warned about the dangers of the Syrian conflict spreading to neighbouring countries.
In a statement, Ban renewed his call for “all parties to refrain from using violence, exercise restraint and move toward a political solution”.
Local media said more than 60 people have been interviewed in connection with the blast and one person is still in police custody.
The border post near Reyhanli is one of the main crossing points for Syrian refugees into Turkey.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1Obama says Sony made a “mistake” in cancelling movie over cyber threats
- 2Second violent tragedy to hit Australia in a week leaves country in shock
- 3Australian mother arrested after eight children stabbed to death
- 4Pakistanis protest against Taliban as army intensifies offensive in north-west
- 5North Korea behind Sony hack says US
- 1Eight children stabbed to death in Cairns, Australia
- 2Putin tries to reassure over rouble worries, but also slams the West
- 3Pakistanis protest against Taliban as army intensifies offensive in north-west
- 4US homeowner ‘defending his castle’ found guilty of killing German teenager
- 5Ukraine: Conflict could soon be over says optimist President Poroshenko
- 1Rosetta team is euronews’ people of 2014
- 2Thailand’s Princess Srirasmi renounces royal status and will divorce
- 3Left-wing extremists run riot in upscale Zurich, Switzerland
- 4Australia: two hostages and gunman dead after police storm Sydney siege café
- 5Putin answers press questions on Ukraine, NATO and the Russian economy
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2Watch: Passengers ‘push-start’ frozen plane in Siberia | euronews, world news
- 3Le Pen: I admire ‘cool head’ Putin’s resistance to West’s new Cold War | euronews, interview
- 4What will you ask US Senator John McCain? | euronews, world news
- 5Which countries in Europe cause the most air pollution damage? | euronews, world news
- 6McCain blasts Europe’s approach to Ukraine conflict ‘a joke’ | euronews, the global conversation
- 7Moldova pro-EU parties take narrow lead in elections | euronews, world news
- 8NATO joins search for ‘Russian submarine’ off Scottish coast | euronews, world news
- 9Ukraine reports accident at Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant | euronews, world news
- 10Grenoble: Europe’s first ad-free city | euronews, world news
- 11Crude awakening: Romania’s Black Sea oil and gas finds fuel Europe’s energy hopes | euronews, reporter
- 12European Union News | euronews: latest breaking news and headlines about European Union
- 13The American Century comes to an end as China becomes the world’s largest economy | euronews, economy
- 14Irony as organised crime prosecutor arrested for corruption in Romania | euronews, world news
- 15Israeli warplanes hit targets in Syria | euronews, world news
- 16Germans demand honour for Turkish woman beaten to death | euronews, world news
- 17Obama’s ‘risky’ immigration gamble | euronews, world news
- 18Chechen ‘death’ unit fighting with rebels in eastern Ukraine | euronews, world news
- 19International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 20Belgium’s former queen Fabiola dies at 86 | euronews, world news
Wires > News
- 10:23 CET China offers $3 billion in aid and loans to neighbours – Xinhua
- 10:10 CET Bomb blast in Bahraini Shi’ite village wounds three policemen
- 09:41 CET Italy’s Renzi wins confidence vote to pass budget in Senate
- 07:23 CET Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea over Sony cyberattack
- 01:45 CET U.N. chief praises Ebola nurses, pledges support during visit
- 00:23 CET Cuba’s Raul Castro steps out of brother’s shadow with U.S. deal…
- 00:15 CET How Syria policy stalled under the ‘analyst in chief’
- 23:35 CET Mother arrested for murder after children found dead in Australian…