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Iran: All 9 victims of helicopter crash identified

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The Iranian government said that all the nine people killed in Sunday’s helicopter crash have now been identified.

A high-ranking government representative told the Iranian news agency, Tasnim, that despite the severe burns, the identities of all occupants of the helicopter were established on Monday.

Their bodies have since been transferred to Tabriz, the capital of Iran’s East Azerbaijan province.

AFRIPOST earlier reported that the state media confirmed the deaths of all nine occupants of the helicopter, including President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian.

The chopper crashed while they were traveling back from a meeting with the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev.

A senior imam from Tabriz who led the Friday prayers in the city was on the aircraft.

Tasnim reported that the imam was alive for about an hour after the crash and was able to contact the presidential office before succumbing to his injuries.

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