Published: May 11, 2013 9:55 PM EDT

REYHANLI, Turkey (AP) - Turkish officials are blaming a group linked to Syria for one of the deadliest attacks the country has seen in recent years.
 
Two car bombs exploded about 15 minutes apart in a town near the Syrian border today, killing 43 and wounding 140 others.
 
The blasts gutted buildings, and left the streets littered with the charred shells of cars littered the streets. Private NTV television, citing unnamed security sources, said the explosions were remote-controlled and that plastic explosives were used.
 
One of Turkey's deputy prime ministers says the attackers were from Turkey, but were linked to Syria's intelligence service.
 
Turkey hosts Syria's political opposition and rebel commanders. It has given shelter to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and in the past retaliated against Syrian shells that landed in Turkey.