Bombshell: Turkish Government Knew about the Reyhanli Attack Beforehand
Redhack, a Turkish hacker group analogous to U.S. Anonymous, has released a serious of cables revealing the Turkish Government’s prior knowledge of the bombing attack in the border town of Reyhanli which killed over 50 and injured hundreds of people.
Reyhanli is a small town in the Hatay province of the country, residing right on Turkey’s border with Syria. The town hosts many refugee camps filled with people escaped from the bloody Civil War that has been going on in Syria for the last two years. Local population of the town insists that the camps are loaded with spies and covert operators from various countries, including USA, Israel, Russia and Iran. Locals want the refugee camps to be closed, claiming that the camps are being used as training ground for the jihadist groups fighting against the Syrian Government forces.
Turkey is a Nato member, and its current Erdogan led government is a strong supporter of the opposition in Syria’s civil war and a vocal critic of President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Immediately after the attacks, Turkish government openly blamed the Assad regime for the attack while Damascus has repeatedly denied responsibility.
The top secret files released on May 20, 9 days after the deadly incident, contain explosive information. Cables reveal that the Hatay Police Headquarters received an anonymous phone call which alerted the upcoming plot –apparently did nothing to stop it-, and the militants from Al Nusra Front organization were the ones responsible from the attacks. Al-Nusra or formally known as Jabhat al-Nusra is an Al Qaida associate operating in Syria.
Another cable reported that Al-Nusra Front placed the bombs and explosives in 3 different vehicles to be used in the plot against Turkey.
According to Hurriyet Daily News, ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesman Hüseyin Çelik has said a gendarmerie officer suspected of leaking the secret documents to the Redhack has been taken into custody, but the group claims the officer detained is innocent: “If that officer is the person that leaked us information, how is that we knew before them that a witch hunt was launched among the military that they would sacrifice ‘innocent’ officers?” the group said via Twitter.
Report says the Redhack had twitted hours before Çelik’s announcement that officials would try to put the blame on a “poor soldier.”
Speaking at the 38th International Human Rights Federation Congress held in Istanbul yesterday, Deputy PM Beşir Atalay confirmed that the Turkish officials already had information about Al-Qaeda and its related groups’ plans. When Atalay was asked why Turkish security forces were unable to prevent or stop the attack, he said the negligence claims were being investigated by the Prime Minister’s Office Supervisory Board.
18 people have been detained in the Reyhanlı investigation, 12 of them are already arrested, while six are released pending trials.