Three Russian military police officers received minor injuries when a self-made explosive device went off near an armored vehicle in northeastern Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.
According to the ministry, the bomb exploded on December 2 when the Russian military police were fulfilling a reconnaissance task along the route for a joint Russian-Turkish patrol mission some 1.5 km to the west of Koran, in Aleppo's Kobani, TASS reports.
"The armored vehicle was damaged. Three Russian military, who were inside the armored vehicle, received minor injuries. The military’s lives are not under threat," the ministry said.
Joint patrol missions are carried out under the October 22 memorandum signed in Sochi between Russia and Turkey. The Russian military police cooperate with Syrian and Turkish border services in patrolling the Syrian-Turkish border. They provide assistance in ensuring security of citizens and maintaining order, as well as controlling the implementation of a memorandum on withdrawing Kurdish self-defense forces and their armaments some 30 km from the border.