Et Air Algerie-fly med 116 passasjerer er savnet på vei fra Burkina Faso til Alger. Flyet forsvant over det nordlige Mali der det nylig var sandstorm.
Men Mali bringer også tanken hen på jihadister.
An Air Algeria-operated MD83 carrying 116 passengers and crew disappeared en route from Burkina Faso in Africa to Algiers, the aircraft’s owner said.
The plane, which took off in the west African country shortly after midnight, was supposed to land at 05:10 a.m. local time, Swiftair, a charter company based in Spain, said in a statement today. The plane carried 110 passengers and six crew.
“There has been no contact with the plane until now,” Swiftair said. “Emergency teams and the company’s personnel are working to figure out what happened and will notify people as further information is available.”
Last week, an armed Islamist group formed by Al Qaeda commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar reportedly claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing this week that killed a French soldier in northern Mali. In a video posted on the Internet, a spokesman for the group Al-Mourabitoun, identifying himself as Abu Assem Al-Muhajir, said the attack north of Gao, was «a response to French claims that they had annihilated the Mujahideen (Islamic fighters)».
Al-Mourabitoun was formed last year from the fusion of two Islamist groups operating in northern Mali: the Mulathameen brigade, led by the one-eyed Belmokhtar who is thought to have masterminded an attack on an Algerian gas plant last year in which nearly 40 hostages were killed, and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA), Reuters reports.
A senior French official told The Associated Press that it seems unlikely that these fighters had the kind of weaponry that could shoot down a plane.
Det er allment antatt at jihadistene ikke har våpen som kan skyte ned fly. På den annen side: det hevdes at libyske lagre har inneholdt såkalte manpads, håndholdte våpen til å skyte ned fly.