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Funeral prayer held for killed Ethiopian Airlines pilot

Hundreds of mourners have attended the Muslim funeral prayer for the 29-year-old pilot, Yared Mulugeta Gatechew, who was killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday.

Known as the prayer in absentia, the service was held at the famous Baluch mosque in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa on Tuesday evening.

The holding of the prayer in absentia indicates that Senior Capt Yared’s family do not expect his body to be recovered, says the BBC’s Wazir Khamsin in the capital, Nairobi.

Senior Capt Yared was of Ethiopian and Kenyan heritage, and some of his close relatives live in Mombasa, which is regarded as the family home.

Among those who attended the prayer were leading Kenyan human rights activist Munir Mazrui and hotelier Mohammed Hersi.

Source: bbc.com

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