5 Oct 2017 09:30

Russian air force in Syria destroys al-Nusra's underground depot with over 1,000 tonnes of ammo - Russian Defense Ministry

MOSCOW. Oct 5 (Interfax) - The Russian air force in Syria has destroyed an underground warehouse of the Jabhat al-Nusra group (banned in Russia) containing 1,000 tonnes of ammunition, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday.

"Aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed Jabhat al-Nusra's largest underground arsenal in the vicinity of the populated locality of Abu al-Duhur where terrorists were keeping more than 1,000 tonnes of ammunition intended for tube and rocket artillery," he said.

The warehouse was struck by a specialized high-power piece of air-launched ammunition meant to destroy underground targets, he said.

"The fire caused by the detonation of ammunition continued for several hours until the ammunition completely burnt out," Konashenkov said.

Jabhat al-Nusra's major warehouse was spotted after Russian military reconnaissance studied the system used by terrorists to supply ammunition to fortified posts and position areas, the general said.

"The district where this arsenal was most likely located was determined after a large amount of information received through various channels was analyzed, and its precise coordinates were established after additional reconnaissance on the ground," Konashenkov said.