Car bomb hits Syria-Turkey border crossing

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The aftermath of an explosion at the Baba al-Hawa border crossing between Syria and Turkey on Tuesday. Photo: nbcnews
At least one person was killed Tuesday when a large bomb went off on the Syrian side of the country\’s border with Turkey, reports said.
The explosion on Tuesday occurred at a roadblock manned by brigades at the entrance of the rebel-held crossing, several hundred metres from the Turkish side, Syrian opposition activists on the border said.
Pictures taken by activists on the scene showed several burnt and mangled cars and an engine block that apparently flew to the side of the road from the vehicle.
"The objective is to destabilise security at the crossing. The casualties are all civilians, from the people queuing to cross," said Omar Aref, one of the activists.
The explosion came a day after Turkey shot down a Syrian helicopter that had entered Turkish airspace.
The Syrian army said the shooting was "hasty" and accused the Turkish government, which backs the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, of trying to escalate tensions along the border.
Source: Agencies

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