HOMS – The Islamic State (ISIS) militant group on Wednesday announced responsibility for shooting down a Syrian warplane.
A commander in the Syrian army told ARA News that the warplane came under fire and crashed near the eastern Qalamoun district outside of the Syrian capital Damascus.
“Short after taking off from the Dumair airbase in Damascus suburb, the warplane was targeted by terrorists’ fire and crashed over eastern Qalamoun,” the official said.
In the meantime, the Islamic State issued a statement claiming responsibility for downing the warplane, saying its fighters used heavy machine guns to target the plane immediately after taking off near the Jairoud area.
This is not the first time for ISIS to shoot down warplanes in Syria.
On July 9th, two Russian pilots died near the Syrian city of Palmyra when their helicopter was shot down by ISIS fighters.
On July 22nd, ISIS shot down a Syrian army warplane in the central province of Homs. The jihadi Amaq agency released images showing a destroyed Syrian warplane, saying it crashed after ISIS militants hit it with a rocket. Local activists told ARA News that the warplane was hit after entering the airspace of Jib al-Jarrah district in Homs.
Reporting by: Haytham Mustafa
Source: ARA News