247 killed as Military plane crashes in Algeria [Updated]

Rescuers at the crash site
Rescuers at the crash site

At least 247 people have died after a military plane crashed in Algeria, media reports say.

Twenty-six members of Polisario Front, supported by Algeria and seeking independence from Morocco for Western Sahara, are said to be among the dead.


The incident happened shortly after the plane took off from Boufarik military airport near the capital Algiers, but reasons for the crash remain unclear.

No official toll has been released.

Footage from the scene showed smoke coming off wreckage in a field.


Scene of the plane crash in Algeria
Scene of the plane crash in Algeria

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.

Four years ago a plane carrying military personnel and family members crashed in Algeria, killing 77 people.


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