A cabinet minister was among 32 government officials killed in a plane crash in Sudan, according to state media.
The group was an official delegation to Southern Kordofan, a war-torn state where the Sudanese army is fighting rebel groups. They were travelling to attend a function marking the Muslim Eid holiday, state news agency SUNA said.
The plane went down in mountains around Talodi, a town in South Kordofan, on Sunday.
SUNA’s report blamed the crash on “bad weather conditions” but did not give further details.
“Before landing, communication with the pilot was normal and the runway clear. Then an explosion was heard and the plane was destroyed,” Abdelhafiz Abdelrahim, spokesman for the Sudan Aviation Authority, told the AFP news agency.