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Iran’s President, Foreign Minister confirmed dead in helicopter crash

President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and several others are confirmed to have been killed in Sunday’s helicopter crash in north-western Iran, state TV says.

Earlier rescuers who reached the crash site in north-western Iran said there was “no sign of life” there.

The helicopter – one of three travelling in a convoy – crashed after it got into difficulties in heavy fog in the north of the country.

Raisi was heading to the city of Tabriz, in the north west of Iran, after returning from an Iran-Azerbaijan border area, according to local media.

The incident sparked a massive search operation that was hampered by bad weather conditions.

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