Russian General killed in Syria landmine

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The Russian military says that one of its generals has been killed and two other servicemen have been wounded by a land mine explosion in Syria.

A Russian general was killed and two other servicemen were wounded by a land mine explosion in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

The ministry said the attack took place in the southeastern province of Deir Ez Zor when a Russian military convoy was returning to the base after a “humanitarian” mission.

The statement, released to the Interfax, RIA Novosti and TASS news agencies, said the three servicemen were wounded in the blast and that a “senior military advisor with the rank of major general” died while being evacuated and provided with medical assistance.

The ministry didn’t identify him.

Thousands of Russian troops are deployed across Syria in support of its army.

Moscow’s military intervention in 2015, four years into the Syrian conflict, helped keep President Bashar Al Assad in power and started a long, bloody reconquest of territory lost to rebels in the early stages of the war.

A joint Turkish-Russian patrol in northwest Syria’s Idlib region was hit by a blast on Monday, but no troops were injured.