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Russian air force destroys command centre, training camp, armoured vehicles in Syria

October 17, 2015, 16:27 UTC+3

After the missions were over, all the Russian aircraft returned to the base aerodrome, drones continue monitoring the situation

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MOSCOW, October 17. /TASS/. Air grouping of the Russian air and space force made 39 flights delivering strikes on 49 facilities of infrastructures occupied by terrorists in Syria, spokesman of the Russian Defence Ministry Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday.

"In the Homs Province was destroyed an ammunition depot," he said. "The air strike was launched at the moment, where another portion of mortar shells and cartridges was delivered. After the strike, the ammunition began to detonate. Three trucks were destroyed at the facility."

Near Damascus, Sukhoi Su-24M destroyed two ammunition depots and a shop for making explosive devices, he added.

In Aleppo, Su-25 destroyed shelters and several tanks and armoured vehicles, belonging to the terrorists of Islamic State.

"The data received from a drone proves destroyed IS two tanks and five infantry fighting vehicles," the spokesman said.

"After the missions were over, all the Russian aircraft returned to the base aerodrome," he said. "Russian drones continue monitoring the situation."

"I would like to say specifically, much assistance comes from the people living in regions, which are controlled temporarily by the militants, as they inform the Syrian reconnaissance about terrorists," he said. "As the Russian commanders receive this information, they verify it and only later on make decisions on destroying of facilities mentioned."

The spokesman said near Salma (Latakia Province) "bomber Su-24M made a pinpoint strike on a separate building, where the terrorists had their base."

"There foreign instructors trained IS militants for subversive war in regions liberated by the Syrian army, and also trained suicide terrorists," he said.

The instructors taught students how to legalise themselves among civilians and refugees.

"The building had a special shop, where the terrorists produced explosive devices," the spokesman said. "An air bomb destroyed the building completely."

Over the past 24 hours, the Russian air-space grouping made 39 flights targeting 49 facilities of the terrorists in Syria, the defence ministry’s representative said.

The aircraft "destroyed 11 command centres," he said, including a factory to produce explosive devices, three artillery positions, nine warehouses of weapons and ammunition, two bases for military vehicles, 15 field camps and bases of terrorists, eight fortified areas and defence positions.

"The new tactics of the militants to decentralise ammunition depots and control centres does not bring positive results - all newly organised facilities of the IS terrorist organisation are found and destroyed without delay," he said.

Russia’s air and space force started dealing daytime pinpoint strikes against facilities of the Islamic State terrorist group, outlawed in Russia, on September 30. The air group in Syria incorporates more than 50 planes and helicopters, including Sukhoi-24M, Sukhoi-25, and multi-functional Sukhoi-34.

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