The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday that a Russian military advisor has been killed in Syria by mortar shelling from the world-terror Islamic State group.
According to the Defense Ministry, the slain officer was training the Syrian soldiers on how to use newly-arrived Russian weapons when the military garrison was heavily hit by mortars.
The place of this incident hasn’t been officially specified but it was reportedly taken place in central Homs.
The officer will be posthumously awarded the prestigious State medal.
“A Russian military advisor in Syria was carrying tasks of helping the Syrian army familiarize itself with the new weapons supplied within the framework of acting intergovernmental contracts on military-technical cooperation,” the ministry said.
The military instructor’s death is the third since the Russian military campaign began nearly 4 months ago. A pilot, whose SU-24 jet fighter was downed by two Turkish F-16s near Syria-Turkey borders on Nov. 24, was shot dead by Islamist militants when he landed. His cremate was miraculously saved, but a Russian marine was killed in the rescue mission.
Russia has been bombing positions, infrastructure and training camps used by ISIS, al-Nusra and other extremist groups in Syria in response to an official request by the Syrian government to help eradicate the transboundary terrorism.