MOSCOW, April 19 Russian air forces have carried out air strikes on an extremist group base near Palmyra in Syria, killing about 200 militants, russia’s mediation center for all parties to the conflict in Syria said in a statement Thursday evening.
According to information obtained by the Russian side, extremist groups have set up bases in areas northeast of Palmyra that are not under the control of the Syrian government, produced improvised explosive devices, organized training of armed personnel and distributed to various parts of Syria to carry out terrorist attacks, the statement said.
The extremist group is planning terrorist attacks against government agencies in several Syrian cities in an attempt to create chaos before and after the Syrian presidential election.
The statement said that after confirming the extremist group’s target location information through multiple channels, the Russian air force carried out air strikes on the base, eliminating about 200 armed personnel, and destroying 24 pickup trucks equipped with large-calibre machine guns, about 500 kilograms of ammunition and components used in the manufacture of improvised explosive devices.
The statement did not specify when the airstrikes were carried out or which extremist group was targeted.
Syria’s parliament announced on the 18th, syria’s presidential election vote is scheduled to be held on May 26, the foreign referendum will be held on May 20.
On September 30, 2015, at the request of the Syrian government, Russia began a military campaign against terrorist and extremist forces in Syria.