Turkey blamed the attack, the latest in a string of deadly car bomb attacks in the area, on Syrian Kurdish fighters [Nazeer Al-khatib/AFP]

A car bomb explosion has killed 17 people and wounded 20 others near a Syrian border town seized by Turkey-backed forces last month, the Turkish defence ministry said on Tuesday.

The bomb struck Tel Halaf village, west of the town of Ras al-Ain, which saw some of the heaviest fighting when Ankara launched a military offensive in the area against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) last month. 

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Several vehicles were reduced to charred shells by the blast at a village market, images from the scene showed.

The Turkish defence ministry blamed the attack on the YPG, which Ankara accuses

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