Minaret crash in Morocco kills over 40

The collapse of a historic minaret in the central Moroccan city of Meknes has killed at least 41 people, injuring 76 others, an official said yesterday updating the casualty toll.

Rescuers were searching the rubble for other possible victims after the minaret of the Bab Berdieyinne mosque in Meknes' old quarter came crashing down on worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, the official said. The 18-century mosque was packed at the time of the accident and officials have warned the toll could continue to mount.

Many locals blamed the disaster on heavy rains that have lashed the north African country in recent days.

Meknes is a Unesco heritage site and a walled city that is a maze of winding narrow streets. The narrow streets make rescue efforts more difficult.

 

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