Islamic State claims it captured Syrian pilot near Damascus

The Islamic State group claims it captured a Syrian air force pilot after his plane crashed east of Damascus, a media outlet close to the extremist group reported on Saturday. 

The pilot landed with his parachute and was near the plane when he was apprehended, the Amaaq news agency said.

Video footage posted online showed Islamic fighters around the plane's wreckage. The video has not been independently verified.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday that a Syrian plane went down in the Tel Dkwa region, on the southeastern outskirts of Damascus.

Syrian state news agency SANA has yet to comment on the incident.

In January 2015, the Islamic State released a video showing the burning alive of a Jordanian pilot who was captured by the group when his plane crashed while carrying out aerial raids over Islamic State in Raqqa, northern Syria, the group's de-facto capital.

Last update: Sat, 23/04/2016 - 11:17

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