Sudan: Minister and several politicians, officials perish in plane crash
It was not immediately clear which firm operated Sunday’s ill-fated plane. SUNA said six crew members died in the crash but it gave neither their names nor their nationalities.
The other victims included two top officials — Khartoum’s state minister for youth and sport, and the state minister of tourism, as well as the education minister for the Khartoum area, SUNA said.
Ten victims, including three generals, were from the security forces, it added.
Also killed was the chief of the small Justice political party, a correspondent for state television, three others identified as “media”, the head of Khartoum North municipality, a member of parliament, and other officials.
Heavy rains have been reported in South Kordofan recently.
The dead minister, Saddiq, took on the guidance and endowments portfolio, among whose duties is religious issues, during a July cabinet reshuffle which trimmed the number of ministries.
Prior to the reshuffle he had been minister of tourism and antiquities since December.
Copyright 2012 AFP.
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