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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 - 14:48
Update: At least 257 killed in a military plane crash in Algeria
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At least 257 people were killed when a military plane crashed soon after takeoff in a farm field in northern Algeria today (Apr. 11), officials said. 

The cause of the crash was unclear, and an investigation has been opened, according to a Defense Ministry statement. 

Emergency services converged on the area near the Boufarik military base after the crash. 

“There are more than 100 deaths. We can’t say exactly how many at this point,” Mohammed Achour, Chief Spokesperson for the civil protection agency, told media.

He said the plane was carrying soldiers. The Defense Ministry did not provide a death toll but expressed condolences to the victims’ families.


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200 feared dead as military plane crashes in Algeria

Many people are feared to have died as a military plane crashed in Algeria, local media report.
 
At least 100 people have reportedly died, and local sources have been quoted as saying the death toll could exceed 200.
 
TV news reports said 14 ambulances were at the scene and injured people were being transferred to hospital.
 
It happened on Wednesday morning at Boufarik military airport, an air force base near the capital, Algiers.
 
Footage from the scene showed smoke coming off wreckage in a field.

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