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The Latest: Russia says pilot downed in Syria fought back

Feb 05, 2018 - Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) - The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

Russia's military says a pilot who ejected after Syrian insurgents shot down his plane traded fire with militants on the ground and then blew himself up to avoid being captured.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Maj. Roman Filipov on Saturday bailed out successfully from the burning plane over the northern Idlib province, but was surrounded by al-Qaida-linked militants when he landed. It says he foug...