MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian serviceman has been killed in Syria by a self-detonating bomb, the TASS news agency reported on Friday, citing the Russian defense ministry.

The ministry said in a statement cited by TASS that the serviceman had been killed near Aleppo when a bomb exploded near a convoy, bringing food and water for local inhabitants, that was being escorted by the Russian military.

(Reporting By Jason Bush; Editing by Chris Reese)