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Ottawa, Jan 09 (Canadian-Media): Canada believed that Ukrainian passenger aircraft that crashed outside of Tehran on Wednesday, killing everyone on board was shot down by an Iranian missile, media reports said.
Aircraft Crash. Image credit: Pixaby
"We have intelligence from multiple sources, including our allies and our own intelligence. The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a news conference in Ottawa, adding that it might have been an unintentional act.
"The news will undoubtedly come as a further shock to the families who are already grieving in the face of this unspeakable tragedy."
The prime minister's comments came after reports out of the U.S. said the highly likelihood of an Iranian anti-aircraft missile bringing down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752.
Most of the 176 victims were connecting to Canada, including 63 Canadian citizens. The victims included entire families, academics, students and newlyweds.
The plane crashed just hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on Iraqi bases housing U.S. soldiers, in response to U.S. President Trump's decision to order the targeted killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani.
"The evidence suggests that this is the likely cause but we need to have a full and complete and credible investigation to establish exactly what happened. That's what we are calling for and that's what we're expecting will happen,"Trump said.
The work of probing the cause of the crash and repatriating the bodies of the Canadians would be complicated by the fact that Canada had severed diplomatic ties with Iran years ago.