Russian Soldier Who Called Airstrike On Himself As ISIS Closed In Has Been Identified

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A Russian special forces officer who called in an airstrike on his position in order to take out dozens of ISIS terrorists in Syria has been named.

Alexander Prokhorenko, 25, died in the bombing but has been hailed a hero for his final, selfless act.As he was surrounded by the terrorists near the ancient city of Palmyra, he made the decision to call in Russian warplanes to bomb his location.

SRINAGAR, INDIA - JUNE 27: Kashmiri protesters displaying the flags of ISIS during a protest against alleged desecration of Jamia Masjid by police personnel yesterday after Friday prayers, on June 27, 2015 in Srinagar, India. Clashes broke out in several parts of downtown Srinagar on Saturday against the alleged desecration of Jamia Masjid by government forces yesterday. Reacting very sharply against police action, Auqaf Jamia Masjid, which functions under Mirwaiz, called for a shutdown in Srinagar followed by Geelani, Malik and Shah. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

He is survived by his wife, Ekaterina, who is reportedly pregnant with their first child.

A spokesperson for the Russian military told the Mirror: “An officer of Russian special operations forces was killed near Palmyra while carrying out a special task to direct Russian airstrikes at Islamic State group targets.

“The officer was carrying out a combat task in Palmyra area for a week, identifying crucial IS targets and passing exact coordinates for strikes with Russian planes.

“The officer died as a hero, he drew fire onto himself after being located and surrounded by terrorists.”