A plane crash in Algeria has reportedly left more than 200 people dead.
The military aircraft went down near an airport at Boufarik — less than 20 miles from the capital Algiers.
It had been transporting dozens of troops and equipment when it crashed just after 8am local time.
An Algerian civil protection agency spokesman said the ‘provisional’ death toll from the crash on Wednesday is 257, but some survivors were rescued.
State media reported the Soviet-designed Ilyushin Il-76 plane was headed for Bechar in southwest Algeria, and the cause of the crash remained unclear.