Russia's flagship state media channels Sputnik and  RT say the pilot of a Su-25 bomber shot down in Syria on February 3 blew himself up after he was surrounded by Islamist fighters.

The Russian Defence Ministry has confirmed that a Su-25 close-support aircraft was shot down over Syria and that the pilot was killed.

A ministry statement first said the pilot ejected from the aircraft but was killed while resisting capture by anti-regime rebels. The statement said preliminary evidence indicat...

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