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Iranian president and foreign minister killed in helicopter crash

Ebrahim Raisi waves to the media after casting his vote at a polling station during Iran's presidential elections in Tehran, 18 June 2021
Ebrahim Raisi waves to the media after casting his vote at a polling station during Iran's presidential elections in Tehran, 18 June 2021 Copyright AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi
Copyright AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi
By Eloise Hardy with Euronews
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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's helicopter crashed in the mountainous northwest of Iran on Sunday.

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian were killed in a helicopter crash, state media reported on Monday.

The semi-official Tasnim news said Raisi and several others onboard were "martyred" following an "accident" in Iran's northern East Azerbaijan province earlier on Sunday.  

State media said the helicopter was forced to make a "hard landing" in the mountainous region after getting into difficulties in heavy fog and inclement weather.

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