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Turkey F16 jets shoot down Russian war plane near Syrian border

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 24 November 2015, 18:41 IST

Turkey has shot down a war plane of unknown origin on Tuesday after it violated Turkish air space near the Syrian border and ignored warnings, a Turkish military official said.

According to BBC News, Russia's Interfax news agency cited the Russian defence ministry as saying that a Su-24 had crashed in northern Syria, and that its two pilots had ejected. Turkish military officials said Turkish F-16s had shot down the plane after repeatedly warning its pilots that they were violating Turkish airspace.

Russia has launched an air campaign to bolster Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government in late September.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said he spoke to the chief of military staff and the foreign minister about developments on the border, The Guardian reported.

Footage from Turkish private broadcaster Habertrk TV showed a crashed jet in flames.

Turkish military official says fighter jets destroyed plane after it violated the country's airspace.

-With ANI inputs

First published: 24 November 2015, 18:41 IST