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Algeria says 257 people died in military plane crash

ALGIERS, Algeria — Algeria’s defense ministry says 257 people have died in military plane crash.

Civil protection agency spokesman Farouk Achour tells The Associated Press that some passengers were “extracted with deep burns caused by the fuselage catching fire.”

He says more than 300 emergency workers are working at the scene.

Algerian TV network Ennahar publishes images of body bags lined up in a field after the crash.

The crash occurred soon after takeoff from the Boufarik air base southwest of the capital Algiers.

— AP

A grab from a video brodcast by Algeria’s Ennahar satellite television channel on April 11, 2018, shows the scene of the crash of a transport plane, carrying Algerian army personnel on board. (AFP Photo/Ennahar TV/Marina Passos)

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