October 3rd, 2012
12:47 PM ET

Shell kills 5 in Turkey border town

At least five people were killed and a dozen injured when a shell landed on a house in the Turkish town of Akcakale, near the Syrian border, a local mayor and the semi-official Anadolu news agency said Wednesday.

The artillery shell was fired from the Syrian district of Tel Abayad, according to Anadolu. However, it is not yet clear what military force or group launched it.

The incident may worsen already tense relations between Turkey and neighboring Syria, which is wracked by an 18-month-long conflict.

Musa Ozer, who lives next to the house where the artillery shell landed, was crying as he spoke on the phone with CNN.

"The bomb fell on us. My head's really not in the right place right now," he said. "My uncle was injured and his wife died. What am I to make of this?"

Local neighborhood mayor Salih Aydogdu said those killed by the shell were three children, their mother and a neighbor.

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  1. Henry

    I thought Shell was bought out by another big oil company. This is pretty bad. I hope those responsible will be held accountable. Big Oil is bad news.

    October 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Tragic.
    Violence if not contained spreads like fire. The ongoing efforts are to fuel the violence because that serves the powers that are involved.

    October 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    OMG!
    What fresh new hell is Syria trying to inflict upon ordinary citizens NOW?
    And in a neighboring country?
    Why?
    Because Turkey is sympathetic to the citizens of Syria who want an end to Assad's madness?

    October 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    This is probably near the military base Saudi Arabia and Qatar went halves-on to use supplying domestic and imported "rebels" in Syria. ("Saudi Arabia and Qatar build base in Turkey"-Reuters, Jul 2012)
    I quote "rebel" be/c as any good Muslim can tell you, the Quran calls muslims who side with invading infidels "Renegade" Muslims whom are to be dealt with "harshly" when caught by homeland defender Muslims.

    October 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |