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Authorities arrested a Gendarmerie officer on suspicion of leaking documents on terrorist activity to the Turkish hacker group Redhack, which published the information on May 22. The leaked documents dealt with an alleged plan by an al Qaeda-linked rebel group in Syria to execute a car bombing in Turkey. Interior Minister Muammer Güler confirmed the authenticity of the documents, which were from the Gendarmerie Intelligence Department, but denied that they related to the May 11 Reyhanlı bombings.
Medet Onlu, a Turkish citizen of Chechen origin who assisted Chechen refugees, was shot dead in Ankara yesterday. Onlu had recently told a TV interviewer that the two Chechen brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings had been chosen as victims. An official from the ruling political party called for the "annihilation of atheists." A renowned linguist and writer was sentenced to 13 months in prison for alleged blasphemy in a blog post.
Turkey claimed that the twin bombings in Reyhanli were instigated by an "old Marxist terrorist organization" linked to the Assad regime. The Interior Minister said nine suspects had been arrested, all Turks, and claimed that the attack was not linked to al Qaeda, to the Syrian opposition, or to Syrian refugees. Prime Minister Erdogan alleged the attack was intended to benefit Baath regime collaborators.
Two car bombs exploded outside administrative buildings in the town of of Reyhanli, killing at least 40 people and injuring 100 more. A border crossing near Reyhanli was the site of a bombing in February that killed 14 people; the Syrian opposition alleged the attack had targeted one of their delegations.
Authorities are investigating an alleged plot to assassinate Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, in Istanbul on May 29, the anniversary of the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans in 1453. One suspect has been detained and two others are being sought. PKK militants have begun withdrawing from Turkish soil to Iraq, but Iraq said it "does not accept the entrance of armed groups into its territory."