World Bulletin / News Desk
A funeral prayer in absentia will be on Monday held for two Turkish activists who died in an Afghan plane crash last week.
Search teams in Afghanistan reached the wreckage of the passenger plane belonging to Pamir Airlines that crashed on the 17th of May, 2010, in a remote mountain site called Salang Pass, north of the capital Kabul.
IHH or the Foundation For Human Rights And Freedoms And Humanitarian Relief, confirmed the deaths in a statement saying that, "Faruk Aktas, coordinator of IHH’s Asia Desk and Bahattin Yildiz, our project coordinator in Afghanistan martyred in the airplane crash near Kabul".
"In Fatih Mosque in Istanbul, on Monday following the noon prayer (zuhr), a funeral prayer in absentia will be offered for Aktas and Yildiz," the aid group said.
Also in Izmir in a mosque within the campus of Faculty of Teology, another funeral prayer in absentia will be offered simultaneously with the one in Istanbul.
"Aktas and Yildiz were on a trip to Kunduz on a trip to Afghanistan for buying land to build an orphanage on behalf of IHH. After finding the 400-meter-square land needed for the orphanage project, they were on their way back to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, from Kunduz when the accident happened," the relief group said.
Afghan activists who worked with IHH also died in the crash.
"Our partner organization Hedef Foundation’s President Ahmet Igbal Yoldas and its Foreign Affairs Officer Aynuddin Yoldas also martyred in the plane crash," Turkish group said.
"We send our condolences to their families and beloved ones," IHH said.
Meanwhile, the arrival of the bodies to Turkey will take a while as the identification process still continues.
All friends and families of the aid activists are expected to attend the funeral.