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Ukraine jet downed by missile, Justin Trudeau says

The Ukrainian jet that crashed after taking off from Tehran appears to have been downed by an Iranian missile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday, citing intelligence reports.

The downing of the Boeing 737 with 176 aboard may have been an accident, Trudeau said, but a “full and credible” investigation is required.

Earlier Thursday, a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly had confirmed to USA TODAY that a missile appeared to be the likely cause of the plane crash.

The confirmation came after a London-based global information firm reported Thursday that the plane, carrying 176 passengers and crew, likely was mistakenly shot down by an Iranian missile. No one survived the crash.

“Photographs purportedly taken near the site of the crash and circulated on social media appear to show the guidance section of an SA-15 Gauntlet short-range, surface to air missile, which landed in a nearby garden,” the firm IHS Markit said in its report.

The firm said it could not confirm the authenticity of the photos but “assesses them to be credible.”

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