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Two Russian pilots killed in helicopter downing near Palmyra: Russian govt

Two Russian pilots died near the Syrian city of Palmyra when their helicopter was shot down by Islamic State fighters, bringing the total number of Russian troops killed in the Syrian conflict to 12, Moscow said.

world Updated: Jul 09, 2016 23:39 IST
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Two Russian pilots died near the Syrian city of Palmyra when their helicopter was shot down by Islamic State fighters.(Reuters File Photo)


Two Russian pilots died near the Syrian city of Palmyra when their helicopter was shot down by Islamic State fighters, bringing the total number of Russian troops killed in the Syrian conflict to 12, Moscow said.

The defence ministry said a Syrian helicopter flown by Riafagat Khabibulin and Yevgeni Dolgin “came under fire” from IS on Saturday and crashed. The jihadist group claimed responsibility for the attack, according to SITE monitoring group.