Pentagon sources: The crashed Ukrainian plane was shot down by Iran

Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 that crashed in Tehran killing over 176 people on Wednesday was struck down by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile system, this was disclosed by Pentagon officials in a report by Newsweek.

The international Airline Flight was shot down by a Russia-built Tor-M1 surface-to-air missile system, the magazine reported, quoting three security officials.

Two of these officials stated that the aircraft was likely targeted by mistake by Iranian missile system as Iran awaited a possible counter-strike after sending rockets to two US bases in Iraq.

The aircraft was a Boeing 737-800, bound for Kiev.

In just three minutes after take off, it came down in a blaze crashing in the outskirts of Iranian capital.

Canadian officials said 138 of the 167 passengers took the plane to connect flights to Canada.

There were 63 Canadians, 82 Iranians, 10 Swedes, 3 Brits, 11 Ukrainians, four Afghans and 3 Germans and nine crew members aboard the plane.

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