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Ukrainian plane case: Iran arrested the culprits

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The Iranian court has announced that those responsible for the Ukrainian plane crash, have been arrested.

Judicial Spokesman Ghulam Hussain Ismaili said on Tuesday that the plane crash case had been investigated extensively and few people have been arrested, but did not specify how many people were arrested in the process.

Earlier on Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for the establishment of a special court to investigate the crash of a Ukrainian plane.

A Ukrainian passenger plane flying from the Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8 crashed, killing all 176 people aboard the plane.

Related: Iran admits it shot down Ukrainian plane

World leaders accuse Iran of destroying passenger aircraft, but Iran initially denied the allegations and urged Ukraine and the Boeing company to participate in the investigation.

Rouhani termed the accident a painful and unforgivable mistake, promising that his government would bring the case to a logical end.

He said more than one person was responsible for the accident and those responsible would be punished.

Tensions escalated in the Middle East following the death of Qasem Soleimani, and on January 8, Iran fired 15 ballistic missiles at US military bases in Iraq to retaliate for the killing of General Qasem Soleimani and claimed to have killed 80 Americans.

Hours after Iran’s missile strikes, a Ukrainian passenger plane flying from Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran was destroyed in the crash, killing all 176 people aboard the plane.

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