A shocking video apparently showing the moment Syrian rebels blew up a Russian rescue helicopter searching for the pilots of a warplane downed by Turkey somehow emerged online.
In the Youtube footage, a single soldier is seen assembling an American-made TOW portable anti-tank missile launcher on a hillside before taking aim at the helicopter. Seconds later the craft is blasted into the air.
After the missile hit, rebel triumphantly gloats over the top of the video exclaiming “Allahu Akbar” – meaning “Allah is great.” The Russian helicopter had been scrambled to the crash scene to search for survivors after the jet was shot down by Turkey military.
It was not immediately clear whether or not any Russian military personnel were in the helicopter at the time of the explosion. The shocking footage has not been independently verified.