Al Qaeda-linked militants in Syria have shot down a Russian warplane, killing its pilot after he ejected from the plane and landed on the ground in the embattled north-western province of Idlib.
Russian Defence Ministry said pilot was killed in fighting with “terrorists”
The plane was downed on Saturday afternoon local time near the rebel-held town of Saraqeb
There have been dozens of Russian airstrikes in the area over the past 24 hours
The pilot resisted being captured and fired at the militants who then shot and killed him, according to one of the militants and Syrian monitors.
The Russian Defence Ministry confirmed the downing of the Sukhoi Su-25 ground attack plane and said the pilot was killed in fighting with “terrorists”.