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Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:30 - Updated Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:30

Turkish intelligence captures in Syria key suspect of bombing in 2013

ANKARA -- Turkey's National Intelligence Agency (MIT) has captured a key suspect linked with the 2013 bombing that killed 53 people in southern Turkey, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Wednesday.

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The suspect, who was listed in the blue category of the Turkish Interior Ministry's wanted terrorists list, was nabbed from Syria's Latakia province with an operation and brought back to Turkey for questioning.

Yusuf Nazik, 34, born in Turkish southern Hatay province, was wanted for allegedly planning and organizing two car bombs that left 53 people dead in the town of Reyhanli, near the border with Syria.

In his initial questioning, Nazik confessed that he played a role in Reyhanli bombing, being the coordinator between the bombers and the Syrian intelligence organization, which he said masterminded the attack.

He admitted that he had staked out possible target, helped for smuggling explosives from Syria to Turkey, provided two vehicles and organized the car bombs.

Turkey sided with rebels in Syria for toppling Syrian President Bashar Assad, sheltering Syrian refugees who fled the conflict.

Local media released a video from his interrogation at which Nazik called on his friends in Syria to surrender. "I am also addressing the Syrian state: the state of Turkey is big and it will surely bring you to account," he said.

Turkish courts had ruled to jail nine arrested suspects for life in February, while eight more suspects, including Nazik, remained as fugitives.

The Reyhanli bombing on May 11, 2013 left 53 people dead and dozens of others injured, as a bomb-laden vehicle was detonated in the town center. A total of 912 buildings, 891 workplaces and 148 vehicles were heavily damaged as well,XINHUA.

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