Iranian State Media Confirms President Ebrahim Raisi and Top Officials Dead in East Azerbaijan Helicopter Crash


Iranian State-Run Television is reporting that Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has died in a helicopter crash alongside Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

The pair were confirmed dead after the crash in a mountainous area in the Province of East Azerbaijan, Press TV reported, without citing a source. The report follows similar reports from other Iranian Media including the Mehr and Tasnim News Agencies as well as the Reuters News Agency.

No immediate cause was given for the crash, which took place amid foggy conditions on Sunday as the President was returning from a trip to neighbouring Azerbaijan to inaugurate a dam.

The Governor of Iran’s East AZERBAIJAN Province and the Representative of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution to East Azarbaijan Province as well as Bodyguards were also on board, the State-Run IRNA News Agency reported.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended his condolences to President Raisi’s family and the Iranian people, saying in a post on X that he is “shocked by his tragic demise”.

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