Syria conflict: Car bomb explodes on border with Turkey

A car bomb explosion struck a checkpoint on the outskirts of the Syrian town of al-Rai, just 5km (three miles) from the Turkish border on Tuesday. Three policemen and four civilians were wounded in the explosion, Reuters said. They were taken to a hospital in Turkey for treatment.

No terror group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Killis Province Governor Recep Soyturk said that “the attack is not directed against Turkey. It is addressed to the Free Syrian Army”.

The town of al-Rai is in an area under the control of Turkey-backed rebels (Free Syrian Army) and was seized from Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Turkey’s “Euphrates Shield” operation in 2016.

Tensions continue to rise between Syrians living in Turkey and locals as a recent attack in Esenyurt shows

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