Russian soldiers hurt in land mine explosion

Moscow: A roadside landmine hit a joint Russian-Turkish patrol in northwestern Syria on Tuesday, leaving three Russian soldiers and an unspecified number of Turkish troops wounded.

The Russian military said the attack happened while Russian and Turkish troops were patrolling the M4 highway in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone. It said the wounded Russian soldiers were quickly evacuated to the Russian base at Hemeimeem and their lives weren’t in danger. A Turkish armoured vehicle that was taking part in the patrol was also damaged and some of its crew were wounded, the Russian military said. It didn’t say how many Turkish servicemen were involved.

Russia and Turkey have been conducting regular patrols in the province of Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in Syria. (AP)

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