A Russian military helicopter was shot down by Islamic State fighters in Syria on Thursday, killing both crew, the Russian Defence Ministry says.
The incident happened during a test flight of the Mi-25 helicopter east of the desert city of Palmyra, the ministry says in a statement carried by Russia's TASS news agency.
The helicopter was downed by gunfire from Islamic State fighters who had broken through government lines, causing it to crash in government-held territory, the ministry said.
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