MOGADISHU: At least nine people were killed and dozens injured when a mosque they were building in Somalia collapsed, residents said Saturday.
Over 100 people were helping pour a concrete foundation to the mosque in Garasballey district close to the capital Mogadishu on Friday when the structure suddenly collapsed, leaving several trapped under the debris.
The aftermath of mosque collapse outside Somalia's capital Mogadishu. pic.twitter.com/pSalmxWWGN— Live From Somalia (@Tuuryare_Africa) April 30, 2016
Sheikh Mohamed Hashi, imam of the mosque, said around 30 people were injured.
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"Nine bodies were recovered under the collapsed building, some of them have had suffocated to death, others were hit by the falling concrete walls," said witness Ali Muhidin.
"I saw several dead bodies that were discovered under the debris, they were had been working on its construction," said Mohamed Yahye, another resident.
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