Ethiopia: AUC chair wants air security tightened

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The chairwoman of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has expressed sadness at the news of the crash of the airplane, Air Algeria, Thursday at the border between Burkina Faso and Mali, according to a communiqué issued Friday by her office.

The airplane, which left Ouagadougou for Algiers with 116 passengers and crew members on board, was reported missing early on Thursday morning and hours later its wreckage was found at dozens of kilometres from the Burkina-Mali border.

In addition to the torrential rains that forced the crew to change direction shortly before the crash, the investigators have not ruled out the possibility of a terrorist attack in a region near Jihadist zones in neighbouring Mali.

Currently, rebels and the Malian authorities are holding peace talks in the Algerian capital, Algiers.

According to the communiqué, Dlamini Zuma also expressed her condolences to the relatives and families and friends of the victims.
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25 july 2014 14:58:59

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