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A Somali police official says 16 people have died and several others are missing after a quarry where they were mining construction stone collapsed.
Captain Mohamed Hussein said late on Thursday there was no reports of survivors. He declined to say how many people are missing.
Residents in the 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 AU troops pushed out al-Qaeda-linked militants two years ago. - Sapa-AP