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The Financial Express

Iran 'deeply regrets' accidental shooting down of Ukrainian airliner

REUTERS | Published: January 11, 2020 11:43:16 | Updated: January 11, 2020 22:14:39


Iranian president Hassan Rouhani speaks during the Kuala Lumpur Summit roundtable session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 19, 2019. Malaysia Department of Information/Handout via Reuters/File Photo Iranian president Hassan Rouhani speaks during the Kuala Lumpur Summit roundtable session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 19, 2019. Malaysia Department of Information/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

Iran “deeply regrets” the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner earlier this week, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said in a tweet on Saturday.

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

The investigation will continue, Rouhani wrote in a separate tweet.

All 176 people aboard the airliner were killed in the crash shortly after takeoff.

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