Turkish border police wounded in clashes on border

May 2, 2013 15:24

ANKARA - Five Turkish border guards were wounded in a clash at the Syrian border with an armed group that one Turkish official described as smugglers but an opposition activist suggested may have included rebel fighters of the Free Syrian Army.

Turkish media said 10 people, including civilians, were wounded in the clash at Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, opposite Syria's Tel Abyad gate.

Private broadcaster NTV said the Syrians had been waiting to cross at the border gate, and opened fire when they were refused entry.

A Syrian opposition activist said two rebel fighters were killed in the clash, but a Turkish official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Syrians were smugglers and the five wounded were guards.

Reuters could not independently verify any of the reports.

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