A person who shared a video online of a missile striking a Ukrainian airliner in Iran has been arrested by the Revolutionary Guards, the elite unit that took responsibility for the plane’s downing, according to reports.
The results of the investigation will be released publicly, the semi-official Fars news agency reported without providing additional details, according to Reuters.
All 176 people aboard Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 were killed when the Boeing 737 was mistakenly shot down minutes after takeoff from Tehran en route to Kyiv.
The shootdown came just hours after Iran launched ballistic missiles at two bases housing US troops in response to Trump’s order to kill Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani.
Tehran at first vehemently denied any wrongdoing, claiming that the plane’s engine malfunctioned, but later took responsibility in the face of mounting evidence.
It was not immediately clear which video the detained person published.
On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that it had verified security footage that showed two missiles hitting the plane. The first disabled the jet’s transponder before the second missile struck.
The footage was captured by a camera on a building four miles away from an Iranian military site. The video was uploaded to YouTube by an Iranian user about 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to The Times.
Several other arrests were made in connection with the disaster, Iran’s judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said, though no details were released about how many or on what charges.
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