A Sudanese Air Force aircraft has crashed, killing all 18 passengers on board, five minutes after taking off from an airport in the state capital of El Geneina.
The Antonov An-12 cargo plane had been delivering aid to the area, where there have been deadly clashes between ethnic groups in recent days, army spokesman Brig. Amir Mohamed Alhassan told reporters.
This week alone, at least 48 people have been killed with 241 wounded in the violence that has broken out in the region of West Darfur, according to Sudan’s Red Crescent. The clashes broke out between Arab and African groups in El Geneina on Sunday night and have taken a rather long time to cease.
The plane had seven flight crew members and 11 civilians, who were all killed, including four children.
No official statements have been released on the cause of the crash, as authorities launch investigations into the matter. So far, there have been no signs or reports of foul play.
More on the story to follow soon.