Murat Kibritoğlu - Ramazan Çelik - Emek Çakili - Ufuk Aktuğ / Hatay, Nov 24 () - Turkmen rebels have claimed that they have shot dead two Russian pilots after they auto-ejected from their plane with parachutes, after two Turkish jets shot down a Russian SU-24 fighter jet.
Speaking to the Doğan News Agency, Turkmen Deputy Commander to the 2nd Coast Division Alpaslan Çelik confirmed that both pilots were killed.
“We shot the pilots while they were landing with parachutes. Their bodies are here,” Çelik said.
“Our friends are carrying the bodies from the other side of the mountains. Their IDs will probably be found on them,” said Çelik.
"Russian jet that had dropped a bomb on us"
Çelik said they had launched an operation over the Kızıldağ region. “The Turkmen Mountains will remain a Turkish homeland.”
Çelik said they have witnessed “Russian-supported air and ground attacks.”
“Meanwhile, the Russian jet that had dropped a bomb on us was shot down immediately while it was maneuvering” the Turkmen source said.
Meanwhile, Commander Başer Molla also said the Turkmen rebels had seized back control of the key Kızıldağ area in the region.
“I have pieces of the parachute of one of the pilots who jumped out of the plane. Al-Assad and his supporters should know their place. This is one of its proofs. The region, the Turkmen Mountains is under the refugees’ control. We have lost no territory ... We have the Kızıldağ region back. The Turkmen Mountain will not fall,” he added.