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Russian General Killed, Two Troops Injured in Roadside Blast in Syria

The incident was said to have taken place in Deir ez-Zor province, northeastern Syria.

A Russian major-general was killed and two troops were injured in Syria Tuesday after vehicles they were traveling in were hit by an improvised explosive device (IED), the Russian Ministry of Defence has announced.

The blast was said to have taken place near the At-Taim oil field, about 15 km outside the city of Deir ez-Zor, with the Russian convoy said to have been hit while returning from a humanitarian action.

“As a result of the explosion, three Russian servicemen were injured. During evacuation and while receiving medical assistant, a senior Russian military advisor wit hthe rank of major-general died from the serious injuries sustained,” the MoD said.

The military said the IED involved was placed on the side of the road along which the Russian convoy was traveling. 

The military noted that the family of the senior officer will receive all possible assistance and support, with the major-general to be awarded posthumously for his service.