Not less than twenty people, mostly African nationals, have died in an auto accident in Algeria.
The victims died when a vehicle carrying them overturned in southern Algeria, its state media citing the country’s civil protection agency said.
Eleven people on board the vehicle were also injured in the accident near Ain Amguel town in the desert province of Tamanrasset, 2,000km (1,250 miles) from the capital, Algiers, state news agency APS reported on Friday.
“Among those killed were 19 African nationals, including children, and the Algerian driver of the pick-up truck, which was destroyed in the accident,” said the agency on its Facebook page.
Though the cause of the accident is not clear yet, the injured were given first aid at the scene of the accident before being transferred to a hospital.
The civil protection agency urged drivers to respect traffic rules in Algeria, where more than 3,000 people were killed on the roads in 2019, according to official figures.