Russian pilot ‘killed’ and another feared to be in rebel hands after plane is downed over Syria by Turkey


The Independent

Syrian rebel officials claim to have photos and video showing that one of two Russian pilots from a jet downed by the Turkish military has died.

Speaking to Reuters, the group said footage showing a dead man in apparent Russian air force gear was genuine, and captured on Tuesday in the northern countryside of Latakia province.

The video, which has not been independently verified, appeared to show Syrian rebel fighters standing around the body and chanting “Allahu Akbar”.

Another rebel official was quoted in the Associated Press as saying that the captured Russian pilot was found dead upon landing.

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