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Iranian President, Foreign Minister killed in helicopter crash

Iranian media has confirmed the death of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi, aged 63, and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian following a helicopter crash in the country’s mountainous province of East Azerbaijan.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi places his hands on his heart as a gesture of respect to the crowd during a funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran, on January 5, 2024. AP photo

 

Iranian state media Press TV and semi-official Tasnim and Mehr news agencies reported all those on board were killed.

Reuters also reported the president’s death, citing a senior official.

“President Raisi, the foreign minister and all the passengers in the helicopter were killed in the crash,” the official told Reuters, asking not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.

The head of Iran’s Red Crescent, Pir-Hossein Kolivand, said earlier Monday there were no signs of life of those traveling on board the helicopter, Iranian state news IRIB reported.

The helicopter carrying nine people ran into trouble in heavy fog while returning from a trip to the Iran-Azerbaijan border, Iranian officials said Sunday.

The crash prompted an hours-long search-and-rescue operation with assistance from the European Union and Turkey, among others, but emergency crews were hampered by the fog and plummeting temperatures.

Source: CNN

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