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Over 100 killed as military aircraft crashes near Boufarik Airport

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At least 105 people were killed when a military plane crashed soon after take-off in a farm field in northern Algeria, officials have said.

The cause of the crash was unclear, and an investigation has been opened, according to a Defence Ministry statement.

Emergency services converged on the area near the Boufarik military base after the crash.

The jet was carrying more than 200 servicemen, according to media reports.

An Algerian military source told Al-Hadath broadcaster that there were no survivors from the plane crash.

The jet crashed on Wednesday morning, shortly after taking off from Boufarik Airport, which is the base for the Air Transport fleet of the Algerian Air Force.

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The crashed plane was an Ilyushin Il-76 strategic airlifter, Algerian media report.

The base is only 20km from the Algerian capital of Algiers.

The flight had just taken off from Boufarik, about 30 kilometres south-west of the capital Algiers, for a military base in Bechar in southwest Algeria, Mr Achour said.

It was scheduled to make a layover in Tindouf in southern Algeria, home to many refugees from the neighbouring Western Sahara, a disputed territory annexed by Morocco.

The Soviet-designed Il-76 military transport plane crashed in an agricultural zone with no residents, Mr Achour said.

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

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Huge iceberg drifts close to Greenland village Innaarsuit, prompting tsunami fears

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An iceberg the size of a hill has drifted close to a tiny village on the western coast of Greenland, causing fear that it could swamp the settlement with a tsunami if it calves.

Video posted on social media on Thursday shows the iceberg towering over houses on a promontory in the village of Innaarsuit, when a massive chunk of ice slides off into the water sending big waves towards the village.

A danger zone close to the coast has been evacuated and people have been moved further up a steep slope where the settlement lies, a Greenland police spokesman said.

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“We can feel the concern among the residents. We are used to big icebergs, but we haven’t seen such a big one before,” Susanna Eliassen, a member of the village council in Innaarsuit, told KNR.

The government and police are on high alert and have moved a search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter closer to the remote village with about 170 inhabitants.

Last summer, four people died after waves swamped a settlement in northwestern Greenland.

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