Iran says it 'unintentionally' shot down Ukrainian jetliner

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -

Iranian state TV, citing a military statement, says the country `unintentionally' shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 aboard.

The statement came Saturday morning. It blames "human error" for the shootdown. The jetliner, a Boeing 737 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines, went down on the outskirts of Tehran during takeoff just hours after Iran launched a barrage of missiles at U.S. forces.

Iran had denied for several days that a missile downed the aircraft. But then the U.S. and Canada, citing intelligence, said they believe Iran shot down the aircraft.

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