Rebel forces in Syria shot down a Russian fighter jet over the Idlib province on Saturday. The pilot is confirmed to have been killed despite managing to jump off the jet.

Syrian rebels shoot down a Russian fighter jet

A Russian Sukhoi-25 fighter jet was shot down on Saturday by rebel forces over the Idlib province in northwestern Syria.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the pilot was killed. According to several Syrian reports, the pilot was captured by a local terrorist group whose members then executed him, though this has not been officially confirmed.

A video posted on social media shows the jet being hit in mid-air and the pilot jumping off it. A second video shows a large pillar of smoke emerging from the wrecked plane on the ground.