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257 Killed When Military Plane Crashes in Algeria

More than 300 emergency workers are at the scene near Algiers

(Newser) - Algeria's defense ministry says 257 people died when a military plane crashed soon after takeoff in a farm field in northern Algeria on Wednesday, per the AP . The Soviet-designed Il-76 military transport plane had departed Boufarik air base, 20 miles southwest of the capital Algiers, for a military base... More »

Air Algerie Plane Has Crashed: Official

Flight AH5017 went missing over Mali with 116 aboard

(Newser) - A flight operated by Air Algerie and carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early today, and an Algerian aviation official now tells Reuters the plane has crashed, though no further details were given. Air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair MD-83 about... More »

Inspired by Egypt, Algerians Take to Streets

Demonstrators demand political reform; hundreds arrested

(Newser) - From Tahrir Square to Algeria's May 1 Square: Thousands of demonstrators inspired by Egypt marched in Algiers today despite an official ban on protests and a huge police presence, reports AP . Estimates of the crowd ranged from 10,000 to 30,000, and rights activists say at least 400 have... More »

Twin Algeria Bombings Kill 11

Second day of violence leaves dozens wounded in Bouira

(Newser) - Two car bombs killed 11 people and left 31 wounded in the Algerian city of Bouira, just a day after a suicide bombing in Algiers killed dozens more. Today's bombs targeted a hotel and a military command center, and one of the explosions occurred as a passenger bus drove past.... More »

US Embassy in Algiers on Terror Alert

Americans warned to restrict movements

(Newser) - US Embassy officials have warned employees in Algiers to take increased security measures to guard against the heightened risk of terror attacks, Reuters reports. It was the second warning since double bombings in the city two months ago that were claimed by al-Qaeda. All Americans were urged to limit their... More »

Algiers Searches for Missing

Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for twin blasts that killed dozens

(Newser) - Rescuers worked though the night to locate missing UN workers and others trapped in the rubble left by yesterday's twin car bombs in Algiers, which a North African group linked to al-Qaeda claims to have detonated. Death counts vary, but the UN estimates that 45 were killed, including a dozen... More »

Bombings Kill 45 in Algiers

12 UN staffers are missing after blast

(Newser) - Two car bombs exploded in upscale districts of Algiers today, killing at least 45, the AP reports. One bomb exploded near the UN's refugee agency office, and the other near the Supreme Court. Twelve UN staffers are missing. No group has claimed responsibility, but Algerians believe the attack was one... More »

Al-Qaeda Claims Algeria Attacks

North African group says it launched suicide bombings that killed 50

(Newser) - An al-Qaeda affiliate has claimed responsibility for bombings that claimed more than 50 lives in Algeria in the last two days. The group, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, took credit for the attacks in an Internet statement , BBC reports. An explosives-laden truck drove into a naval barracks in a port... More »

Bombers Hit Algerian Capital

(Newser) - Two bombs, including one targeting the prime minister's office, killed at least 23 people in Algiers today, in the latest in a round of suspected Al-Qaeda-affiliated terror attacks that have rocked North Africa in recent weeks, the New York Times reports. More »

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