A Russian major general was killed in Syria’s eastern province of Deir ez-Zor on Tuesday after their convoy hit an improvised explosive device, Russia’s Defense Ministry has said.
The explosion took place as a Russian convoy returned from a “humanitarian mission,” according to a ministry statement published by state-owned TASS news agency. Two Russian servicemen were also injured in the incident.
The unnamed general, also a “senior military advisor,” died from his wounds after being evacuated, the ministry added.
Russian troops are present throughout the country in support of President Bashar al-Assad, although the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces dominate Deir ez-Zor, where they regularly carry out operations against the Islamic State.
In July, three Russian and several Turkish soldiers were wounded in Idleb province when a joint military patrol was hit by an improvised explosive device.
Another Russian advisor, Lieutenant General Valery Asapov, was killed in the province three years ago.
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