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Car bomb goes off at marketplace in Syria’s Afrin, kills 8

At least eight civilians have been killed and dozens more injured after an explosives-laden vehicle exploded at a marketplace in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the explosion struck al-Hal market in the city of Afrin, situated 43 kilometers north of the provincial capital city of Aleppo, on Sunday afternoon.

The Britain-based monitor group added that security forces have sealed off the attack scene, members of the so-called White Helmets are rushing to the area to provide help to the victims

The death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured are in a critical condition.

No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

Afrin was captured in March this year from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) by Turkish armed forces and Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army militants.

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