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Iran admits its military 'unintentionally' shot down Ukrainian airliner
Published on: Saturday, January 11, 2020


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TEHRAN: Iran admitted that it "unintentionally" shot down a Ukrainian airliner on Wednesday killing all 176 people aboard, news reports quoted an Iranian military statement as saying on state TV.

The plane was mistaken for a "hostile target" after it turned towards a "sensitive military centre" of the Revolutionary Guard, said the statement released Saturday, which also also blamed the "highest level of readiness" resulting from tensions with the United States. 

The acknowledgement came after Iranian officials vehemently denied claims that they mistakenly shot down the Ukrainian International Airlines jet and accused the United States of "spreading lies" about intelligence suggesting they did. 

“The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake,” said Iran President Hassan Rouhani on Twitter. “My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families. I offer my sincerest condolences.

“Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people. Investigations continue to identify & prosecute this great tragedy & unforgivable mistake.”

Most of the passengers were Iranian and Canadian nationals.



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