Turkish Army Places Tanks on Syria Border to Deter Smugglers

About 1,000 smugglers, including some riding vehicles and horses, ignored warnings to stay away from Turkish border at 4:15 a.m. today, the army says in statement on website. * A tank and 3 armored vehicles were used to block border as troops fired warning shots * Smugglers were riding 40 vehicles and about 150 horses * Some other smugglers opened 15-20 shots on soldiers from village on Turkish side of border * NOTE: Smugglers shot and slightly wounded 18 Turkish soldiers in similar incident on Aug. 6 after confronting smugglers on July 30 as well * NOTE: Crackdown on smuggling along Syrian border follows use of smuggled explosives in May 11 car bomb attack that killed 52 people in border town of Reyhanli

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