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BBC News 14 Jan 2020

Iran: 'Several people detained' for shooting down airliner


Several people have been detained in Iran over the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane with a missile, the country's judiciary says.

Spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said investigations into the incident were continuing, but provided no details.

President Hassan Rouhani said the probe would be overseen by a "special court".

Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752 was brought down shortly after taking off from Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.

Most were Iranian and Canadian citizens.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday, January 11, said Iran must take full responsibility and be held accountable for shooting down a Ukrainian plane and killing all 176 aboard, including 63 Canadians.
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