A Russian special forces officer has reportedly been killed, during combat operations, near the city of Palmyra, in Syria.
A Russian special forces officer has been killed in a combat operation near Palmyra in Syria, Interfax news agency reported on Thursday, citing a Russian military source in Syria.
“While performing a special task to direct Russian air strikes onto terrorist targets, a Russian special forces officer was killed,” Interfax quoted a source at Russia’s Khmeimim air base in Syria’s Latakia province as saying.
There was no detail about when the officer died, with Interfax citing its source as saying only that he was on a combat mission “in the past week”.
Syrian government forces are trying to recapture Palmyra from Islamic State.
“The soldier died heroically, calling the strike onto himself after he was discovered and surrounded by terrorists,” Interfax cited the source as saying.
The death would bring to seven the number of Russian servicemen known to have been killed in Syria during the Kremlin’s five-month military campaign, which it said 10 days ago that it was winding down.