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French President Francois Hollande delivers a statment to the press at the Elysee Palace in Paris on July 24, 2014, after an Air Algerie plane with about 110 passengers, including 50 French nationals, went missing after taking off from Burkina Faso for Algiers. A source in Mali said that contact with the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 was lost over Gao in north Mali, a region that was seized by jihadists groups for several months in 2012 and that remains very unstable despite the Islamists being driven out in a French-led offensive. Hollande vowed on July 24 to use ‘all military means’ in Mali to search for Algerian plane. (BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Burkina Faso official says the wreckage of the Air Algerie plane that went missing has been found in Mali.
Gen. Gilbert Diendere says the wreckage was located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the border of Burkina Faso near the village of Boulikessi in Mali.
Diendere is a close aide to President Blaise Compaore and head of the crisis committee set up to coordinate research for the plane that vanished Thursday in a rainstorm over northern Mali.
He says searchers found human remains and burned and scattered plane wreckage.