We shot plane by mistake: Iran military authorities

IRANIAN State television Friday admitted to bringing down a Ukrainian Boeing 737, killing 176 passengers onboard, the BBC has said.

The incident follows the killing by drone-triggered missiles of Iran army general Qasem Soleimane inside Iraq on Wednesday.

The aircraft was headed to the Canadian city of Toronto via the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

Initially, the Government of Iran had denied responsibility.

But in a volte-face, Iran’s State television quoted that country’s military authorities saying they had “unintentionally” shot down the Ukrainian passenger jet.

The statement quoted the military saying the plane had “mistakenly” been brought down after it “flew close to a sensitive site belonging to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.”

The communique by Iranian military authorities said investigations were underway to establish what had happened, adding those responsible would be dealt with.

The admission by Iran follows mounting pressure from the United States and Canada who cited intelligent sources pointing back the shooting to the Islamic country.

Source: BBC