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25 July 2014

INTERPOL response team being deployed following Air Algerie crash in Mali

LYON, France – An INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) is to be deployed to help coordinate international disaster victim identification (DVI) efforts following the crash of an Air Algerie flight heading to Algeria from Burkina Faso with 116 passengers and crew on board.

The 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre at the General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon is in contact with the National Central Bureaus of all 15 member countries which lost citizens in the crash near Mali’s border with Burkina Faso in the early hours of Thursday 24 July.

A first IRT will go to the French gendarmerie’s crisis centre in Paris with a second IRT on standby for deployment to Africa once a decision is made by involved authorities where the DVI process will be carried out in accordance with INTERPOL protocols.

Offers of assistance from member countries to deploy DVI teams under the IRT umbrella are also being coordinated by the CCC with additional support from INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau in Abidjan. The CCC will act as a central point for the collection of ante-mortem data such as dental and medical records, fingerprints and DNA, in line with INTERPOL’s globally accepted DVI standards.

“INTERPOL is ready to provide whatever support is required in order to ensure that the victims of the Air Algerie crash are accurately and swiftly identified so that they can returned to their families as soon as possible,” said INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services, Jean-Michel Louboutin.

The 15 countries which lost citizens in the Air Algerie flight AH 5017 crash have been confirmed as Algeria, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mali, Nigeria, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.