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.