Car wash blast kills five

An explosion in a car wash in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo has killed at least five people, activists said, while another blast in the capital destroyed nine cars.

The blast in Aleppo hit a car wash and killed six people, Aleppo activist Mohammed Saeed said via Skype.

He said the business in the city's southern Sukari neighbourhood is owned by a man who serves in pro-government militias known as the shabiha. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on activists inside Syria, said five people were killed in the attack.

Also an explosive planted under an army vehicle in Damascus blew up, damaging nine cars.The blast shook a central neighbourhood near a military food co-operative, and left a crater in the street, according to a reporter who visited the scene.

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