Iran’s military has admitted it “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet on Wednesday, killing all 176 on board, using a short-range missile.
Iranian state media says human error was to blame for the crash, which happened hours after Iran launched ballistic missiles at two US bases in Iraq to avenge the killing of its top military general in an American airstrike.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressed “deep sympathy” to the victims, and said the armed forces must “pursue probable shortcomings and guilt in the painful incident”.
Statement here from the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces admitting that they accidentally shot it down.
Mostly Iranians and Canadians were killed in the plane crash, with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau reacting by saying: “Our focus remains closure, accountability, transparency, and justice for the families and loved ones of the victims. This is a national tragedy, and all Canadians are mourning together.
“We will continue working with our partners around the world to ensure a complete and through investigation, and the Canadian government expects full cooperation from Iranian authorities.”