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Russian army says 'eliminated' those behind Syria attack

AFP  |  Moscow 

The today said it had "eliminated" the militants behind a attack on a base in on that killed two Russian soldiers.

"The command of our troops in carried out a special operation to find and eliminate the group of militants that carried out the attack on the Hmeimim base (Western Syria)," the Russian defence ministry said in a statement.

Special forces tracked the fighters to their base camp near the border of province, the statement said.

When the fighters, whose affiliation was not announced, were preparing to leave the base they were "destroyed by a Krasnopol guided missile," according to the ministry.

"A drone assembly and storage area was also discovered" the announcement said.

Ten drones equipped with explosives attacked Russia's airbase in Hmeimim in the early hours of January 6, the previously reported. There were no casualties.

Russian made a surprise visit to last month where he ordered the start of a pullout of Russian troops, saying their task in the war-torn country had been largely completed.

Three battalions of police and officers of the would remain in Syria, as well as two Russian bases, said on a subsequent trip.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 01:40 IST