November 24, 2015 / 2:44 PM / 4 years ago

Turkmen forces in Syria shot dead pilots of downed Russian jet - deputy commander

An activist holds a tablet with a picture of the lifeless body of a Russian pilot of a war plane shot down by Turkey, in front of the Turkish embassy in Moscow, Russia, November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

YAMADI, Syria (Reuters) - Turkmen forces in Syria shot dead the two pilots of a Russian jet downed by Turkish warplanes near the border with Turkey on Tuesday as they descended with parachutes, a deputy commander of a Turkmen brigade told reporters.

“Both of the pilots were retrieved dead. Our comrades opened fire into the air and they died in the air,” Alpaslan Celik, a deputy commander in a Syrian Turkmen brigade said near the Syrian village of Yamadi as he held what he said was a piece of a pilot’s parachute.

Reporting by Mehmet Emin Caliskan; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk and Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall

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