Somalia: Five dead in road accident outside Garowe

GAROWE — At least five people were killed and four others injured after a lorry truck and a bus collided outside Garowe, the capital city of Puntland state in northeastern Somalia.

The incident happened when a water truck crashed into a bus carrying passengers that was travelling outside the town, leaving at least five people dead, said Garowe traffic police chief Ahmed Abdi.

“It is sad to hear about the road accident but one of the vehicles was on its way to Garowe while the other was leaving from the town to other cities in Nugal region,” he said.

Abdi said that the victims were immediately rushed to hospital in Garowe town for medical treatment.

Mayor of Garowe Hassan Mohamed confirmed that four local elders were among those killed in the road accident. They were returning from mediation between two clans which had fought in parts of Nugal province.

“We want to take the bodies of the elders into the town, in order to prepare their burial,” Mohamed told journalists.

In Somalia, car accidents are routine and are often attributed to drivers who have not enough experience coupled with rough and broken streets which were not repaired since the government of Mohamed Said Barre, who was ousted in 1991.