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Car bomb in Syrian vegetable market kills five people

Woman and child among at least three civilians killed by the blast in Turkish-held border town
A civil defence member puts out a fire after a car bomb (AFP/FILE)

A car bomb killed five people at a vegetable market in a Syrian town on the border with Turkey on Saturday. 

A woman and child were among the three confirmed civilian deaths, while the identity of two others was not immediately clear, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The UK-based war monitor said four other people were wounded in the blast in Ras al-Ain, which Turkey has held since it started an offensive with allied militias to seize land from Kurdish forces in 2019. 

A video posted by Kurdish news website Rudaw showed a burning car and shocked crowds helping casualties. 

On 10 December, a car bomb killed 16 people including two civilians and three Turkish personnel at a checkpoint in the town.

In July, the blast from an explosives-rigged motorbike ripped through a vegetable market there, killing at least eight people, including six civilians.