President Abdelaziz Bouteflika expresses condolences to families of victims of ANP military plane crash
The President of the Republic, Minister of National Defense, Supreme Chief of the ANP Armed Forces, Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika sent on Wednesday a message of condolences to the families of the victims of the military plane crash in Boufarik in the wilaya or province of Blida, in which he expressed his deepest condolences and feelings of compassion and sympathy.
"The Almighty, whose will is ineluctable, wanted on this day to test Algeria and its military institution through the crash of one of its planes making a great number of martyrs of the national duty, a tragedy that pains and saddens us in the depths of our hearts," President Bouteflika said in his message.
"In this painful ordeal, I can only resign myself to the will of Allah Almighty by expressing to the families of the victims and to the Algerian people, as a whole, my deepest condolences and my most sincere feelings of compassion and sympathy, praying, the Almighty, to fill the victims with His great mercy and to count them among the Martyrs and truthful in His vast paradise and to grant us all constancy and endurance and to reward us for it," he stated.
"In urging families to turn to Allah Almighty for endurance and courage, I want to assure them that I remain by their side in anything that can alleviate their grief and pain," the head of state underscored before concluding with the Koranic verse: "And extend the good news to those who endure, who say, when a misfortune hits them, surely we belong to Allah, and it is to Him that we return”.
On this very sad occasion, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika also decreed a three-day national mourning starting from Thursday.