MOSCOW — A Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday that two Soviet military advisers reported missing after a Chadian attack on a Libyan air base earlier this month were killed in action.
Boris Pyadyshev said the two advisers were in southern Libya near the disputed area of Aozou. The Libyan base 60 miles inside the border with Chad, where the Soviets are believed to have been stationed, was attacked and overrun by Chadian government troops on Sept. 5.
"These specialist had been sent to Libya to help in servicing military equipment," Pyadyshev said. The Soviet Union is Libya's largest weapons supplier.