Turkey detains three Syrians over killing of Turkish soldier

Turkish authorities have detained three Syrian nationals in Akcakale district of southern province of Sanlıurfa as part of an investigation into the killing of a Turkish soldier last year.

One Turkish border guard, Ferhat Avcı, was killed and at least two were wounded in a clash at the Syrian border on May 2 last year with an armed group.

Another 12 people, including civilians, were wounded in the clash at the Akcakale border gate, opposite Syria’s Tel Abyad gate.

A group of at least a thousand Syrians wanted to enter into Turkey without their passports and they started throwing rocks at a Turkish police station and set some border police cabins on fire in no-man’s land when they were refused entry. The border security thought the situation had settled down but unidentified people opened fire, injuring several police officers.

Three Syrian suspects were detained in a police operation in Akcakale on Monday. The suspects, who were interrogated at Akcakale Police Department, were referred to court with a large security escort.