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Iranian President, others confirmed dead after helicopter crash


Ebrahim Raisi Iran

The Iranian President, Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian have been confined dead in a helicopter crash that occurred in Sunday.

This was confirmed by an Iranian official said on Monday, after search teams located the wreckage in East Azerbaijan province per Reuters through the Iran Mehr news agency.

An Iranian official earlier told Reuters the helicopter carrying Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian was completely burned in the crash on Sunday.

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Although the senior Iranian official asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter said “President Raisi, the foreign minister and all the passengers in the helicopter were killed in the crash.”

The cause of the crash that occurred in Iran East’s Azerbaijan Province has however not been ascertained.

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Turkish authorities on Monday released what they described as drone footage showing what appeared to be a fire in the wilderness that they “suspected to be wreckage of helicopter.”

The coordinates listed in the footage put the fire some 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the Azerbaijan-Iranian border on the side of a steep mountain.

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The 63 year old president was elected in 2021, and since taking office has ordered a tightening of morality laws, overseen a bloody crackdown on anti-government protests and pushed hard in nuclear talks with world powers.