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Sudan minister among air crash dead – A sad day for the country

Posted by African Press International on May 3, 2008

Publisher: Korir, source.aljazeera

Twenty-three people, including the defence minister for south Sudan, have been killed in an aeroplane crash in the African state.
Dominic Dim, who was also minister of the Southern People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), died when the aircraft went down about 375km from the southern capital Juba, Diek Machar, south Sudan’s vice president, said.

Officials said Justin Yak, a presidential adviser for local government affairs, was also on the aeroplane that crashed near Rumbek, in the remote Bahr Gazal region on Friday.
Yak’s wife was also killed in the crash, a government source said.
Machar gave no reason for the crash, but ruled out an attack.

“The plane had been rented from an charter company and was carrying a delegation of leaders from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement from Wau to the capital Juba,” he said.
He said an inquiry would be launched.
The former rebel SPLM signed an accord with the northern National Congress Party (NCP) in 2005, ending Africa’s longest civil war.
Friday’s crash comes a day after southern army officials said Sudan’s northern and southern forces had agreed to withdraw from an oil-rich border, where clashes killed dozens last month.
The UN said the plane was a Beachcraft 1900 operated by South Sudan Air Connection traveling from Wau to Juba.


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