Turkish intelligence arrests Reyhanli explosions’ mastermind in Latakia

Editing Mohammad Alhaj | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: September 12, 2018, 1:02:52 PM wire INTERNATIONALMILITARY Turkey

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On Tuesday, the Turkish intelligence services conducted a special operation in the city of Latakia, which is controlled by the Syrian government forces in Northwestern Syria. The Turkish intelligence arrested the mastermind of explosions that hit the Turkish city of Reyhanli in 2013.

The Turkish news agency Anadolu reported intelligence sources as saying that the intelligence services arrested Yusuf Nazik in Latakia. Nazik contacted the Syrian government intelligence services and ordered perpetrators to conduct the explosion in the city of Reyhanli, killing 53 civilians in 2013.

The sources added that the Turkish intelligence brought Nazik back to Turkey via safe routes from the city of Latakia, which is controlled by the Syrian government. The Anadolu noted that the intelligence service conducted the operation without logistic support from a foreign intelligence service, adding that the Turkish intelligence alone conducted all spotting, following, monitoring, and transporting operations.

During the initial interrogations, Nazik admitted to planning the Reyhanli attack on orders by the Syrian government forces' intelligence. Nazik confirmed that he supervised the transportation of the explosives from Syria to Turkey.

Nazik was born in the Turkish city of Antakya and is listed on the blue list for wanted criminals, delivered detailed information about Mi'raj Ural, the commander of the Syrian Resistance to Liberate Iskandaroun, whom Turkey accuses of involvement in the explosion.

Nazik delivered a message for those whom he described as his Turkish friends and partners in Syria, calling them to surrender themselves to the Turkish government.

In May 2013, an explosion hit the Turkish city of Reyhanli, killing 53 civilians, injuring dozens of others, and damaging hundreds of buildings and shops. A Turkish court issued a life sentence of hard labor to nine suspects.

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Editing Mohammad Alhaj | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: September 12, 2018, 1:02:52 PM wire INTERNATIONALMILITARY Turkey
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