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Russia says truck with mortar gun accompanied aid convoy in Syria - agencies

Damaged aid trucks are pictured after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s defence ministry said on Tuesday an aid convoy that came under attack in Syria had been accompanied by a militants’ pickup truck armed with a heavy mortar gun, Russian news agencies reported.

The ministry has uploaded part of the footage at its page on YouTube service: here

The agencies cited a defence ministry official as saying footage provided by drones had shown “new details” of the incident on Monday.

Russia has denied reports that its or the Syrian air force had struck the convoy near Aleppo.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Gareth Jones and Janet Lawrence