257 killed in military plane crash

At least 257 people have been killed after a military plane crashed near the Boufarik airbase outside the Algerian capital, Algiers, according to Algerian state television.
The plane, an Ilyushin Il-76, mostly carried soldier when it went down shortly after takeoff on Wednesday morning.
Ennahar TV quoted an Algerian ruling party official as saying that 26 people onboard were members of the Polisario Front, a separatist movement in West Sahara – a territory also claimed by Morocco.

TV news reports said 14 ambulances were at the scene and injured people were being transferred to hospital.
The head of the army has ordered an investigation into the crash and will visit the scene, according to a statement from the defence ministry.

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