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Russian says army those 'eliminated' Syria behind attack

Moscow (AFP) - Russian The on army Friday it said had "eliminated" militants the a behind mortar attack on base a in on Syria Year's New Eve that killed Russian two soldiers.

"The command our of troops in carried Syria a out special operation find to eliminate and the group of that militants out carried mortar the on attack the base Hmeimim Syria)," (Western the defence Russian ministry in said a statement.

Special forces the tracked fighters to their camp base the near border Idlib of the province, statement said.

When the whose fighters, was affiliation announced, not preparing were leave to base the were they by "destroyed a guided Krasnopol missile," according to the ministry.

"A assembly drone storage and was area discovered" also the announcement said.

Ten drones with equipped explosives attacked airbase Russia's in in Hmeimim early the of hours 6, January the previously military reported. There no were casualties.

Russian President Vladimir Putin a made surprise visit Syria to last where month he ordered start the of pullout a Russian of troops, their saying task the in war-torn had country been largely completed.

Three of battalions police military officers and the of Center Russian for would Reconciliation remain Syria, in as as well two Russian bases, Minister Defence Shoigu Sergei said a on subsequent trip.