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posted: 8/19/2012 9:10 AM

Sudan plane crash in south kills all 32 on board

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KHARTOUM, Sudan -- The office of the Sudanese president says all 32 people on board died when a plane carrying a government delegation crashed in the country's south.

The crash in the early hours of Sunday killed the country's minister of endowment, Ghazi al-Sadeq, and a leading member of Sudan's Peace and Justice Party, Makki Balayela.

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They were en route to the volatile South Kordofan state, to attend prayers for a Muslim holiday.

Earlier reports from Sudan's state news agency SUNA said the plane crashed "due to harsh weather conditions" in a mountainous area near Talodi, a small town about 650 kilometers, or 406 miles, southwest of the capital, Khartoum.

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