Exploding drones being used to assassinate Syrian targets
Reports are emerging from war-torn Syrian cities of a new threat: exploding drones.
The Middle East Media Research Institute reports that several Syrian opposition websites have claimed to have evidence that “booby-trapped ‘suicide’ drones” were used against opposition forces, apparently by either Russian forces or Shiite militias.
“The opposition website Syria Mubashir reported on October 19, 2015, that six small remote-controlled drones had exploded that day next to Ahrar Al-Sham targets in the village of Ma’ar Shimmareen, near the city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man in Rif Idlib, killing and wounding several fighters and causing extensive damage to gear,” MEMRI reported.
“The website also noted that there are conflicting reports regarding the source of the attacks, with some claiming that the drones were dispatched from the Hamimim airbase near Lattakia, where Russian troops are currently stationed, and others claiming that they were dispatched from portable launchers in the area where Shi’ite militias are located.”