Russia and Turkey launched the patrols along the M4 in March following a ceasefire agreement over Idlib [File: AFP]

At least three Russian and several Turkish soldiers have been wounded in Syria’s Idlib province when a joint military patrol was hit by an improvised explosive device, according to Russia’s defence ministry.

The device blew up at 8:50am local time (05:50 GMT) as the soldiers’ convoy patrolled the M4 highway in the southern part of a de-escalation zone, the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.  

A Russian and a Turkish armoured vehicle were damaged, with three Russians “lightly injured”, it added. Several Turkish soldiers were also wounded.  

Russia and Turkey launched the patrols along the strategic highway in March following a

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