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BREAKING NEWS-SPLA minister killed in plane crash in South Sudan

May 2, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) Affairs Minister Dominic Dim Deng and other 19 military officials have been killed as result of a plane crash between Wau and Juba, the Sudan Television reported today.

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Dominic Dim Deng (ST)

Justin Yak, GoSS Presidential Security Adviser was among the officials killed in the plane crash.

Vice President of the Government of South Sudan, Riak Machar told SUNA that the Minister of SPLA Affairs, Dominic Dim Deng and 23 people, including 19 officers died today, Friday, in the crash of the plane that was travelling from Wau to Juba.

Machar added that the plane crashed Friday afternoon in Gogrial area, about 375 kilometres west of Juba.

He also ruled out that the plane was "downed by some one or crashed as result of any conspiracy." He further said that "the plane which was rented from one airline was carrying a delegation of SPLM leadership from Wau to the city of Juba, after attending a meeting of the SPLM."

He indicated that an investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the crash.

The crashed plane belongs to Southern Sudan Air Connection Company.