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Seven killed in car blast near Turkey-Syria border

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Seven people were killed and 30 wounded when a car exploded on Monday near the border between Turkey and Syria, the local mayor said.

A Syrian-registered car is believed to have been at the centre of the blast on Turkish soil, mayor Huseyin Sanverdi told the NTV news channel.

Dozens of ambulances were dispatched to the scene at the Cilvegozu border crossing in the southern province of Hatay.

An official from Turkish foreign ministry confirmed the explosion, adding that the blast triggered a fire that damaged around 15 cars.

The explosion happened barely 40 metres (yards) away from the Cilvegozu crossing, NTV reported, adding that it might have been caused by a mortar bomb fired from the Syrian side.

The car was believed to have been at a parking lot filled with trucks ready to leave for war-torn Syria with humanitarian supplies, the ministry official added.

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