Sudan plane crash kills 32 including minister

By REUTERS
August 19, 2012 22:20

 
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KHARTOUM - Thirty two people including a Sudanese government minister and other officials were killed when a plane taking them to an Islamic festival crashed in the south of the country on Sunday, state media said.

The plane went down in mountains around Talodi, a town in the border state of South Kordofan, while taking a delegation there to celebrate the Id-al-Fitr festival marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, state news agency SUNA said.

The report blamed the crash on "bad weather conditions" but did not give further details.

The country's Guidance and Endowments (religious affairs) Minister Ghazi al-Sadeq was killed in the crash, along with Mahjoub Abdel Raheem Toutou, state minister for youth and sports, and Eissa Daifallah, state minister for tourism, antiquities and wildlife, it said.

Several people associated with the country's military, state security and state media also died in the crash, the agency added.

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