Six mercenaries from the Russian Wagner private military company (PMC) were killed in Syria when a police building exploded, Novaya Gazeta reports, citing its own sources.
According to the Russian news outlet, the explosion took place on November 4 in the old Syrian criminal police building on the Damascus-Deir ez-Zor route, killing 11 people. The casualties included five Syrian government soldiers and six persons who presumably belonged to a division of the Wagner PMC.
One source stated that a division of the 5th Corps of the Syrian Arab Army is stationed in the region. The division is reportedly bolstered by Syrian volunteers and Russian “military advisers”.
The deaths of the six Russians were also reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Recently an expert on private military companies was arrested in Russia on charges of high treason.
The Wagner PMC is connected to Yevgeny “Putin’s chef” Prigozhin, who owns one of Russia’s largest media holdings, and is also believed to be behind the “Troll Factory” which interfered in the US elections.