Sudan’s vice president and former southern rebel leader John Garang has died in a helicopter crash, officials said, dealing a blow to a landmark peace deal signed in January with Khartoum to end more than 20 years of civil war. “The presidency has followed the reports about the disappearance of the aircraft of Sudanese Vice-President John Garang and it is confirmed beyond doubt that it crashed in the Amatonj mountains,” said a statement from Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir. “It resulted in the death of John Garang and six people accompanying him as well as seven members of the crew of the Ugandan presidential aircraft,” said the statement, which was read on state television. The Amatonj mountains are in the Eastern Equatorial province of Sudan near the border with Uganda. A Ugandan official later said in Kampala that the wreckage of a crashed Ugandan helicopter and the bodies Garang and the 13 other people on board had been located in a remote area of southern Sudan. Full Story
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