At least 16 people were killed in a quarry collapse in Mogadishu Thursday (September 19th), AFP reported.
Nearly 200 workers were at the site in northern Mogadishu's Karan district digging for sand for use in building construction when the sudden collapse occurred.
"This was a tragedy. More than 16 dead bodies were discovered from under the collapsed quarry and still some others are missing," said Karan district governor Ali Alasow.
A worker who survived the accident, Mumin Abduweli, told AFP that he counted 18 bodies.
"Bulldozers have been used, as well as people digging with their hands, but unfortunately only a few were lucky enough to come out alive," said witness Mohamed Yusuf.
Since al-Shabaab fled city two years ago, labourers have been rebuilding Mogadishu. The quarry is often packed with casual workers hoping to make living from the recent building boom.