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President Raisi of Iran, foreign minister killed in helicopter crash

20 May 2024 President Raisi of Iran, foreign minister killed in helicopter crash

Tehran, Iran – Ebrahim Raisi, the eighth president of Iran, was killed after a helicopter carrying him and his entourage crashed in Varzaqan region in East Azerbaijan Province, northwest of Iran.  

Raisi’s helicopter, along with two more copters, was en route to Tabriz City on Sunday after he inaugurated Qiz Qalasi Dam at the border with the Azerbaijan Republic earlier in the day.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, East Azerbaijan Province’s Governor Malek Rahmati, and Mehdi Mousavi, the head of Raisi’s guard team were on board the crashed aircraft as well. Mohammad Ali Al-e-Hashem, the Supreme Leader’s representative in the province also accompanied them.

Local officials present at the crash site have confirmed the martyrdom of Raisi and his accompanying team, reported IRNA.

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