Polisario Front: 30 ‘Sahrawis’ and relatives died on Algeria plane crash

Rescuers are seen around the wreckage of an Algerian army plane which crashed near the Boufarik airbase from where the plane had taken off. (AFP)

The Polisario Front issued a statement on Wednesday that 30 “Western Sahrawi” people perished on the ill-fated Algerian military plane that crashed near the Algerian capital.

“The 30 Sahrawis on board were sick, and were accompanied by other members of their families, men, women and children, who were on their way back after treatment in Algerian hospitals,” the statement read.

The Front has declared mourning for a week in memory of the victims.

The crash occurred in Boufarik, a town in Blida Province, approximately 30 km from the capital Algiers.

A total of 257 people were killed, most of them military, the defense ministry said. Ten crew and other people described as family members also died, and a number of survivors were being treated at an army hospital, the ministry added.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51