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Canada PM says Iranian missile may have brought down jetliner

Justin Trudeau suggested it may have been done unintentionally.

Canada prime minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference (Adrian Wyld/AP)
Canada prime minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference (Adrian Wyld/AP)

By Rob Gillies, Associated Press

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said evidence indicates an Iranian missile downed a Ukrainian jetliner and that the strike “may have been unintentional”.

Mr Trudeau said Canadian and allied intelligence supports that.

He declined to get into the intelligence.

Earlier, US officials said it was “highly likely” that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile downed the jetliner, killing all 176 people on board.

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Mourners place candles and photographs during a vigil outside the Alberta Legislature Building in Edmonton, Alberta, during a vigil for those killed after a Ukrainian passenger jet crashed (Codie McLachlan/AP)

They suggested it could well have been a mistake.

At least 63 Canadians were on the plane.

It crashed just a few hours after Iran launched a ballistic attack against Iraqi military bases housing US troops amid a confrontation with Washington over the US drone strike that killed an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general.

At least 62 Canadians were among the 176 dead.

Mr Trudeau spoke at a news conference.

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