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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Malaysian jet shot down by surface-to-air missile: US

Published on Jul 18, 2014 4:57 AM

WASHINGTON(AFP) - A Malaysian airliner with 295 people on board was shot down over Ukraine by a surface-to-air missile Thursday but it was unclear who fired the weapon, US officials said.

US intelligence analysts "strongly believe" a surface-to-air missile downed the plane and are reviewing data to determine whether the weapon was launched by pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine, Russian troops across the border or Ukrainian government forces, said a US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

A man works at putting out a fire at the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS