ISTANBUL (Dispatches) – Turkey’s intelligence agency has seized a man in Syria suspected of coordinating a 2013 bombing that killed 53 people in southern Turkey, a Turkish security official said on Wednesday.
State-run news agency Anadolu said that during his questioning, Yusuf Nazik confessed to having having arranged the transport of explosives into Turkey.
Twin car bombs ripped through the border town of Reyhanli on May 11, 2013. At the time, Turkey had accused a group loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of carrying out the attacks. Damascus denied any involvement.
Nazik was captured in Syria’s government-controlled city of Latakia by members of Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MIT) and repatriated to Turkey with the support of the Turkish armed forces, the source said.