Bodies of Russian hostages killed in Mali to be transported home in a week

The bodies of six employees of the Russian airline Volga-Dnepr killed in the Malian capital Bamako on Friday will be transported to the Ulyanovsk region in a week

The bodies of six employees of the Russian airline Volga-Dnepr killed in the Malian capital Bamako on Friday will be transported to the Ulyanovsk region in a week, Ulyanovsk region Governor Sergei Morozov said.

"We have just decided together with the [Volga-Dnepr] airline's management how the Cargo 200 [the bodies of the dead] will be met in a week and how we will commemorate these airline employees," Morozov said in an interview shown on the Rossiya-24 news TV channel on Saturday. The regional administration and the airline will bear all costs, including those on providing assistance to the victims' families, he said.

It was announced officially earlier on Saturday that six employees of the Volga-Dnepr airline, which is based in Ulyanovsk, were killed in a terrorist attack on a hotel in Bamako on November 20. Morozov said also that five of the six Volga-Dnepr employees are residents of the Ulyanovsk region.

"It just so happened that employees of the Volga-Dnepr airline were in the center of the gunmen's inhuman actions, and six people were killed, including five Ulyanovsk region residents. We mourn for the people killed in the terrorist attack on a hotel in Mali. The regional administration will provide all the necessary assistance to the pilots' families. Monday will be a day of mourning in the Ulyanovsk region," Morozov said on his blog.

Russian Transportation Minister Maxim Sokolov expressed his condolences to the relatives of the Volga-Dnepr employees killed in Mali.

"On my own behalf and on behalf of the Russian Transportation Ministry, I express my deep condolences to the staff of the Volga-Dnepr airline and also the families and beloved ones of the airline employees who died from gunmen's terrorist actions in the Malian capital Bamako," Sokolov said in a statement posted on the ministry website.

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