Footage disproves ISIS car bomb attacker entered from Turkey

Security footage negates ISIS car bomb attacker entered from Turkey border to Syrian town of Kobane

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Security camera footage from Turkey’s Mursitpinar border gates - showing the moment of the car involved in the bombing of the Syrian border town of Kobane - shows that the ISIS militants who blew up the cars did not arrive from Turkey’s borders.

Reuters had claimed the cars that exploded had entered from Turkey, attributing the information to “Syrian sources.” It withdrew the allegation later on.

Separate video footage from a security camera in the Suruc district of Turkey's border province of Sanliurfa shows smoke rising after an explosion on Thursday.

According to Anadolu Agency, 18 were killed and at least 40 were injured by the two car bombings executed on Thursday by ISIS in the Syrian border town of Kobane.

The opposition Syrian Revolution Coordinators' Union (SRCU) issued a statement saying that ISIS militants carried out the attack with two bomb-laden vehicles while disguised as Kurdish fighters.

A number of the wounded from the blast were rushed to Suruc State Hospital and other facilities in Sanliurfa, Turkey, via ambulances after crossing through the Mursitpinar crossing into Turkey.

Meanwhile, a crowd has gathered on the Syrian side of the Turkish frontier, prompting security forces to step up measures on the border line.

The governor of Sanliurfa released a statement on Thursday strongly denying the allegations claiming that Turkey allowed militants from ISIS to enter Kobane through the Turkish border.

Stating that the allegations are certainly untrue, governor Izzettin Kucuk said, “According to our visual data, it is proven that ISIS militants entered to Kobani from the Syrian province of Jarabulus, located in the west of Kobani near the Syrian-Turkish border. We will publish the footage within the shortest time.”

One of the biggest battles against ISIS took place in Kobane last year. Supported by the US-led anti-ISIS coalition, Syrian-Kurdish fighters from the YPG – the military wing of the Syrian Democratic Union Party – regained control over Kobane near the end of January after four months of fighting.

TRTWorld and agencies