Four Russian soldiers, including two military advisers, were killed in shelling carried out by terrorists in eastern Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said Sunday.
The fighting erupted after several groups of militants attacked an artillery battery of the Syrian army in the province of Deir ez-Zor at night, the ministry said.
Two Russian military advisers who directed the fire of the Syrian battery were killed on the spot and another two died after being taken to a Russian military hospital.
Russian soldiers stand guard in a central street in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor in September 2017. /AFP Photo
The Syrian and Russian troops fought the militants for about one hour and killed 43 militants and destroyed six cross-country vehicles armed with large-caliber weapons, according to the ministry.
Russia has been participating in the fight against the Islamic State and insurgent groups in Syria since September 2015 at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Russian servicemen and military facilities in Syria have been attacked by militants several times, causing a number of deaths.
(Cover: File photo of Deir ez-Zor Province, eastern Syria. /Reuters Photo)