ISIS Shoots Down Russian Helicopter Near Palmyra, Syria, Russia confirms downing and says both pilots killed

Russian air strikes in Syria
Russian air strikes in Syria

A Russian military helicopter has been shot down by Isis near Palmyra, Syria, killing both pilots, the men have been named as Ryafagat Khabibulin and Yevgeny Dolgin.

The Mi-25 aircraft was reportedly conducting a test flight in the area when it received a request for assistance from the Syrian military, who were under attack from group of Isis militants to the east of Palmyra.

But after running out of ammunition, the helicopter was shot down, Russian news agency Sputnik reported.

A statement from the defence ministry said: “The crew received a request from the Syrian unit’s command to strike the advancing fighters. The captain, Ryafagat Khabibulin, made a decision to attack the terrorists. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.