Two Russian servicemen were killed and a third wounded in a mortar attack in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry announced Tuesday.
"Russian professional servicemen who were in a unit of Syrian forces as instructors ... came under a mortar attack from a group of rebel fighters," the Defense Ministry said in a statement quoted by Interfax news agency. "As a result of a mortar explosion, two Russian servicemen died."
A third officer was badly wounded.
The soldiers were embedded with a Syrian army unit along with a Russian military adviser.
The ministry did not specify when or where the attack took place.
This incident brings the Russian death toll in Syria to 29, according to the ministry.
Source: Voice of America