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The boss of Russian mercenary group Wagner Yevgeny Prigozhin has reportedly been killed in place crash in Russia.

The BBC has reported that 10 people were on board an aircraft that was flying in the Tver region, north west of Moscow.

According to the BBC, it’s been reported on social media the plane was shot down by Russia air defences. Russian media has not confirmed this.

Prigozhin was last seen in a video recording in Africa where Wagner has extensive activities.

He led a short lived mutiny against the Russian government in June.

According to Russian news agency TASS, the Embraer private jet had been heading from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo international airport to St Petersburg.

“There were three crew and seven passengers on board. They all died,” TASS said.

The jet was belied to have been owned by Prigozhin.

The Russian federal air transport agency said that Prighozhin’s name was on the passenger manifest, reported Kremlin backed news service RT.

An image on Russia state media shows a plume of black smoke rising from a potential crash.

More to come.

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