Somali police: 16 people die after quarry collapse

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police official says 16 people have died and others are missing after a quarry where they were mining construction stone collapsed.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein said late Thursday there was no reports of survivors. He declined to say how many people are missing.

Residents in Karan district, north of Mogadishu, dug through rocks and sand looking for survivors but their efforts were hampered by darkness.

Somalia is recovering from decades of war that left the country’s infrastructure in tatters with no resources for disaster response

Mogadishu, the Somali capital, is experiencing a construction boom due to the relative peace since African Union troops pushed out al-Qaida-linked militants two years ago. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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