ALGIERS: An Air Algerie plane with 116 people on board including French and Spanish nationals went missing Thursday during a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers, company sources and officials said. Aviation sources told AFP the aircraft was a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 leased from Spanish company Swiftair carrying passengers of different nationalities. Its six-member crew were all Spanish, said Spain’s airline pilots’ union Sepla, while Swiftair confirmed the aircraft had gone missing less than an hour after takeoff from Ouagadougou. Many French nationals were thought to be on board the plane, France’s Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier said in Paris. He said after a government meeting that top civil aviation officials were... more ›
ALGIERS: An Air Algerie plane missing since early Thursday over Mali with 116 passengers and crew, including 50 French nationals, on board probably crashed, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said, reports AFP. “Despite intensive searches, no trace of the plane has been found as we speak,” he said in Paris. “The plane has probably crashed. The searches are focusing at this stage on a vast strip of Malian territory around the region of Gao,” in the north of the west African nation, he said. Flight AH5017, which originated in Ouagadougou and was bound for Algiers, went missing in the early morning amid reports of heavy storms, company sources and officials said. ... more ›
In the run-up to the Eid festival, crimes, including mugging and hijacking, marked a sharp rise on different roads and highways in the country, triggering a grave concern among the homebound people. Transport workers alleged that a lack of sufficient police patrol on the roads and highways is responsible for the rising trend in such crimes. In most cases, no highway policemen are found patrolling in the scene of crimes, passengers alleged. The organised gangs of the armed robbers and hijackers having links with law-enforcers continued the highway crimes, transport workers further alleged. On Wednesday, a gang of armed bandits intercepted a Chittagong-bound pickup in broad daylight on Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar in... more ›
At least 15 people have been killed and more than 200 injured when a UN-run school used as a shelter in Gaza was shelled, the Gaza health ministry says, reports BBC. Hundreds of Palestinians were in the school in Beit Hanoun, fleeing heavy fighting in the area. It is the fourth time that a UN facility has been hit in Israel’s offensive against Hamas militants. In the past 16 days of fighting, more than 777 Palestinians and 32 Israelis have been killed, officials say. Israel launched its military offensive on 8 July with the declared objective... more ›
A packaging industry in Chittagong has been sealed off for illegally selling duplex board in the black market, imported through back to back letter of credit (LC) under the Bond facility. According to the Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation of Chittagong, M/S Brand Merchandise and Packers Limited of Uttar Kattoli of Munshipara in port city imported 32 tonnes coated duplex board from India through the Benapole border. Abusing the duty-free import facility, the company did not use the items in production, rather sold the whole consignment in the black market and dodged revenue worth Tk... more ›
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