Sudanese Gedaref State head and some senior military officers are killed as a military helicopter they were on board crashed yesterday near the Ethio-Sudanese border, reported Amahara Mass Media Agency (AMMA) today.
The chopper came down in Galabat, which is within Gedaref regional state of Sudan, but close to the Ethiopian border.
Sudanese news source have confirmed the news. Sudan Tribune reported yesterday “Governor of Sudan’s eastern state of Gedaref and six state officials have been killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash near the Ethiopian border.”
Based on Sudan Tribune’s report, the chopper was about to land in Galaba when it suddenly exploded but the cause of the blast is not yet established.
As well, the source cited Gedaref state secretary to report that those killed during the crash include Governor Salih, Omer Mohamed Ibrahim(Minister of Economic Resource),Brigadier General Youssef al-Tayeb, Al-Nur Ahmed Osman (Deputy director of police),Salah al-Khabeer (Border Coordination Official), Magdi Hassan al-Nur (Director of the governor office) and El-Rayah Mohy al-Din who was the director of intelligence.
There are survivors from the fatal crash sustaining light injury and life threatening one. And they are said to be in Geraref Hospital.
Ashorooq TV, as cited by Sudan Tribune, reported that Director of the National Intelligence and Security Services in Gedaref and director of information at the governor’s office are among the survivors.
Plane crashes are recurrent problems in the country. There have been at least six crashes since 2012. Sudanese military aircraft mostly consist of “old Soviet-made aircraft,” according to Sudan Tribune.
Amahara regional state officials expressed condolences over the tragic accident, according to AMMA report today.
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