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Identifying Air Algerie air crash victims 'could take years', says Algeria's police chief

Published on Jul 31, 2014 10:42 PM
 
Algeria's Chief of Police and head of national security Abdelkader Kara Bouhadba speaks during a press conference in the capital Algiers on July 31, 2014, in which he announced that none of the bodies have been identified from the Air Algerie plane that disintegrated over the northern Mali desert last week. Identifying the victims from last week's Air Algerie crash in Mali "could take weeks, months and maybe years", Algeria's chief of police said on Thursday, July 31, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

ALGIERS (AFP) - Identifying the victims from last week's Air Algerie crash in Mali "could take weeks, months and maybe years", Algeria's chief of police said on Thursday.

An Air Algerie McDonnell Douglas 83 flying from Burkina Faso to Algiers crashed in northern Mali last Thursday, killing all 118 people on board.

"It is too early to talk about identification, it is an operation that could take weeks, months and maybe years. The important thing is to find the truth," Mr Abdelkader Kara Bouhadba told reporters. He added that identifying the victims' bodies was a "human priority".

Thirteen Algerian forensic police specialists have travelled to the site of the crash in the Gossi region, around 150km from Gao in north-eastern Mali, along with counterparts from France, Mali and Spain.

 
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