Pope Francis sent a cable of condolences to the Algerian nation on the victims of the military plane crash near Boufarik military airport.
In a telegram sent to the Archbishop of Algiers, Pope Francis expressed his heartfelt condolences for the deaths of 257 people.
In a telegram sent last night by Card. Pietro Parolin to Msgr. Paul Lafarge, Archbishop of Algiers, the Pope “joins in prayer to the suffering of the families of all the people affected by this drama, as well as to the pain of the whole Algerian people”.
Asking “the Lord to welcome into His peace those who have died and to comfort those who are seriously wounded”, the Pope “implores divine assistance for those who are in charge of caring for them”.
Earlier on April 11, at least 257 people were killed when a military plane crashed near Boufarik airport, according to the Algerian Defense Ministry.
In a statement, the ministry said the ill-fated aircraft had been heading for Algeria’s southwestern town of Bechar when it went down.
In this aspect, Algeria announced three-day mourning period following the military plane crash.
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