The Russian Air Force has destroyed an ISIL command center and underground depot with explosives near the Syrian city of Raqqa, Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement on Saturday.
“Accurate delivery of a concrete-piercing bomb BETAB-500 launched from a Su-34 aircraft near Raqqa destroyed a hardened command centre of one of the illegal armed groups as well as an underground bunker with explosives and ammunition depot,” Igor Konashenkov said.
“Russian air grouping continues making precise attacks at the ISIL terrorists from the Hmeymim airbase. Twenty-four hours a day UAVs are monitoring the situation in the ISIL activity areas. All the detected targets are effectively engaged day and night in any weather conditions,” Igor Konashenkov said. “As a result of 6 sorties from the Hmeymim airbase in the evening and at night, pinpoint strikes hit 3 facilities of terrorists’ infrastructure.”
Su-34 and Su-24M aircraft of the Russian air grouping in Syria performed over 20 sorties attacking 9 objects of ISIL terrorists.
“At the Jisr al-Shughur district (Idlib), tactical bombers Su-24M eliminated storage bases for military hardware used by militants for preparation of terrorist attacks. Moreover, an airstrike was made against a base of militants at the same district. It completely destroyed depots with ammunition and equipment situated at the base,” he added.
Fortifications, ammunitions depots, seven units of the military equipment near Syria’s Maarrat al-Numan were also destroyed by the Russian Air Force, Igor Konashenkov added.
“Su-34 tactical bomber engaged an ISIL base near Maarrat Al-Nuuman (Idlib) with a guided air bomb KAB-500 during a pinpoint strike. According to the objective monitoring data, terrorist fortifications, ammunition and POL depots as well as 7 vehicles were destroyed.”
On Wednesday, Russia commenced precision airstrikes on ISIL targets in Syria upon Syrian President Bashar Assad’s request. The Russian Defense Ministry said that during the first two days of the operation the country’s aircraft hit over 10 targets, among them an explosives factory, an arms depot and an ISIL coordination center.