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Sudan plane crash kills all 32 on board

Last Updated: Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 17:36

Zeenews Bureau

Khartoum: A plane carrying a ministerial delegation crashed in Sudan’s South Kordofan state, killing all 32 on board, President`s office said on Sunday.

The dead included Sudanese Minister for Guidance and Religious Endowments Ghazi al-Sadiq and a leading member of Sudan`s Peace and Justice Party, Makki Balayela.

"The plane, Antinov, belonging to a civil aviation company, left Khartoum at 6.00 am,” Sudan`s Civil Aviation spokesperson Abdul-Hafez Abdul-Rahim said.

They were en route to the volatile South Kordofan state, to attend prayers for a Muslim holiday.

South Kordofan State has been recently witnessing armed clashes between the Sudanese Army and the Sudan People`s Liberation Army (SPLA).

The spokesperson did not decline the possibility of the plane getting exposed to "some hostile act".

However, reports from Sudan`s state news agency SUNA said the plane crashed "due to harsh weather conditions" in a mountainous area near Talodi, a small town about 650 kilometres, or 406 miles, southwest of the capital, Khartoum.

(With Agency inputs)

First Published: Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 15:24
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