MONROVIA/CONAKRY: The head of Guinea’s armed forces and other senior military officials from the West African state were killed today when their aircraft crashed close to the Liberian capital Monrovia, a Guinean presidential official said.
The source at the presidency in Conakry, who asked not to be identified, said there was the chief of staff and five other military officers on the plane, adding that it is clear that everyone on the plane is dead.
Guinea’s military chief, General Kelefa Diallo, was on the plane on a security mission to Liberia, police in Guinea said.
Diallo was a close ally of Guinean President Alpha Conde, who was elected to lead the world’s top bauxite producer in late 2010, ending two years of military rule.
Security officials in Liberia said that at least 10 people were killed in the crash, which occurred at Charlesville, some 40 km southeast of Monrovia.