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Iranian President Confirmed Dead After Helicopter Crash

May 19, 2024

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has been confirmed dead after he and his entourage went missing following a helicopter crash earlier on Sunday.

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Accompanying Raisi were Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, along with the governor of Iran’s East Azerbaijan province and additional officials and bodyguards.

Two other helicopters travelling in the convoy landed safely.

The fate of Raisi following the crash remains uncertain, as the Iranian Ministry of Internal Affairs declined to verify his status.

Around 20 rescue teams, equipped with drones and search dogs, are now on their way to access the site.

However, bad weather conditions have impeded rescue teams from reaching the location of the helicopter’s last GPS signal.

The helicopter is presumed to have crashed in a wooded region within the mountains situated south of Iran’s border with Azerbaijan.

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