Just in: 257 Killed as Algeria Military Plane Crashes

No fewer than 257 people have been killed after a military plane crashed near the Boufarik airbase outside the Algerian capital, Algiers, Algerian state television reports.

Algeria media claim the ill-fated plane, an Ilyushin Il-76, mostly carried soldiers when it went down shortly after takeoff on Wednesday morning. It was reportedly heading to the western Algerian city of Bechar.

Ennahar TV quoted an Algerian ruling party official as saying that 26 people onboard were members of the

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