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Islamic State militants attack Syrian army positions, shoot down warplane in Homs

HOMS – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) have shot down a warplane for the Syrian army in the central province of Homs. The group has also bombed Syrian army basis in Homs countryside, activists and media sources reported on Friday.

ISIS fighters launched a mortar attack on Syrian army basis in the vicinity of al-Bara town in Homs province.

“The attack resulted in the death of nine soldiers and the injury of several others, beside the destruction of two military vehicles and a number of machine guns,” media activist Amro al-Hussein told ARA News, citing officials in the Syrian army.

In the meantime, the pro-ISIS Amaq agency released images showing a destroyed Syrian warplane, saying it crashed after ISIS militants hit it with a rocket.

“The warplane was hit after entering the airspace of Jib al-Jarrah district in Homs,” al-Hussein said. 

The Syrian army did not comment on the reported downing of its plane.  

Reporting by: Haytham Mustafa

Source: ARA News

A file photo released by Amaq agency showing a destroyed warplane.

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