Bomb blast targets Russian armored vehicle in northwestern Syria, three servicemen injured

Three Russian military police officers have sustained slight injuries when an explosion targeted their armored vehicle in Syria’s northwestern province of Aleppo, as Russian and Turkish troops were conducting a new joint ground patrol under a deal that stipulates the withdrawal of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militants from a “safe zone” along Syria’s border with Turkey.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday that an improvised explosive device went off when the Russian armored police vehicle was carrying out a reconnaissance mission some 1.5 kilometers (0.93 miles) west of Koran town in Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, district of the province.

The statement added that three servicemen onboard the vehicle sustained minor non-life-threatening injuries at the time of the explosion. There was some damage to the vehicle as well.

On October 9, Turkish military forces and Ankara-backed militants launched a long-threatened cross-border invasion of northeastern Syria in a declared attempt to push YPG militants away from border areas.

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