Negligence, but no wrongful intention found in Reyhanli bombings

The commission found that the suspects, who allegedly carried out the bombings, had been followed by MİT for the previous five or six months, and MİT knew that the suspects were preparing to carry out a major attack in Turkey.

Negligence, but no wrongful intention found in Reyhanli bombings

The Prime Ministry Inspection Board, which had launched an investigation to find out if there was negligence by any state organization or official in failing to prevent twin car bombs that killed 52 people and injured dozens more in Hatay's Reyhanlı district on May 11, has determined that there was no wrongful intention, but there was negligence on the part of state officials, the Taraf daily reported on Monday.

The board launched the investigation upon an order from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

A commission established by the Prime Ministry chief inspector examined correspondence between the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) and the National Police Department. The commission also seized all the documents related to this correspondence and received depositions from members of the relevant security units.

The commission found that the suspects, who allegedly carried out the bombings, had been followed by MİT for the previous five or six months, and MİT knew that the suspects were preparing to carry out a major attack in Turkey.

It has also been revealed that in addition to the conversations of the suspects, video footage of the conversations were also in the hands of the relevant state units.

The inspectors sought the answer for the question of why the attack could not be prevented despite having prior intelligence about it.

They have discovered why security units failed to prevent the attack: MİT did not transfer the information it had gathered with an “urgent” code to security units, communication between MİT and the police intelligence unit was lacking, a unit to analyze the intelligence gathered and make the necessary coordination was absent, intelligence information was not taken seriously, and they concentrated on Ankara as the possible venue for the attack and did not take sufficient measures to ensure border security.

According to the initial findings of the inspectors, there was no wrongful intention on the part of state officials in the Reyhanlı attack. It has become certain following the investigation that MİT warned the police about the attack, and the police tried to capture the attackers. However, the suspects could not be caught before the attack due to a lack of coordination between state units.

On May 11, one of the car bombs exploded outside the city hall, while the other went off outside the post office in the town of Reyhanlı, a main hub for Syrian refugees and opposition activity in Turkey's Hatay province. Fifty-two people were killed, and as many as 100 were injured in the bombings.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Temmuz 2013, 09:16
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