DW – February 3, 2018
Syrian opposition fighters downed a Russian warplane near the town of Maaret al-Numan in the northwestern province of Idlib on Saturday, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
“Rebel factions shot down a Sukhoi 25. The Russian pilot came down in a parachute, before being captured,” said Rami Abdurrahman, who runs the monitoring group.
However, it later emerged that the Russian pilot had been killed by rebel fighters after he resisted capture by opening fire with his pistol. “The pilot was killed as he fought Islamist rebels who had shot down his plane and were taking him captive,” Abdurrahman said.