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Russia says kills more than 30 militants in Syria

February 4, 2018 at 12:43 pm

A fighter jet, belonging to either the Syrian or Russian air force drops bombs during an airstrike over residential areas of Arbin town of the Eastern Ghouta region of Damascus in Syria on December 2, 2017 [Samir Tatin / Anadolu Agency]

A Russian strike from an undisclosed high-precision weapon killed more than 30 militants in an area of Syria’s Idlib where a Russian plane was previously downed, TASS news agency quoted Russia’s Defence Ministry as saying on Saturday.

The Russian Su-25 warplane was brought down in the Idlib province earlier on Saturday, and the pilot was killed during “a fight” after ejecting by parachute, the Defence Ministry has said.

“The pilot managed to report the ejection in the area controlled by the militants of Jabhat al-Nusra, but later he died fighting the terrorists,” the Russian ministry statement said.