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Suspected missile parts are found at MH17 crash site

Published 12/08/2015 | 02:30

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands on part of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane after it crashed near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region. Photo: Reuters
An armed pro-Russian separatist stands on part of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane after it crashed near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region. Photo: Reuters

Dutch prosecutors have found what they believe could be parts of a Buk missile system at the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was brought down last year.

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The announcement represents the first time prosecutors have confirmed possible physical evidence of a missile bringing down the plane and killing all 298 people on board.

The prosecutors, who are leading an international criminal probe into the deadly crash on July 17, 2014, said that the parts "are of particular interest to the criminal investigation as they can possibly provide more information about who was involved in the crash of MH17".

Though they have previously said a missile strike was the most likely explanation for the crash, they have never revealed that they are in possession of possible missile parts.

But they cautioned that the conclusion cannot yet be drawn "that there is a causal connection between the discovered parts and the crash of flight MH17".

Prosecutors will now enlist the help of weapons and forensics experts to further investigate the suspected missile parts, said spokesman Wim de Bruin.

He declined to give more details of the parts that are under investigation.

Irish Independent

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