Militants down Syrian warplane in Aleppo, pilot captured

Published April 5th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Syrian army fighters are seen after recapturing parts of Aleppo from Daesh. (AFP/File)
Syrian army fighters are seen after recapturing parts of Aleppo from Daesh. (AFP/File)

A Syrian warplane has been shot down by a surface-to-air missile fired by militants in the northern province of Aleppo, a Syrian military source says.

The unnamed official told state media on Tuesday that the jet was targeted while on a reconnaissance mission and its pilot ejected.

The plane was downed over the Talat al-Iss highland near the village of Eis, south of Aleppo, according to reports.

It was "likely that al-Nusra Front shot down the plane and took the pilot," a militant source said, adding that the jet had been hit by heavy machine gun fire.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) also said the downing had been carried out by al-Nusra Front, saying the militants captured the pilot and took him to one of their headquarters in the area.

Social media videos purport to show the pilot parachuting down from the plane and smoke coming from the crash site.


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