Algiers – At least ten people died and 25 others were injured after their bus fell into a ravine in northeastern Algeria on Friday, civil protection officials said.
The bus was travelling from Algiers to Tikjda, a mountain resort popular with tourists, when it fell 150 metres into a ravine near the town of El Asnam, the source said.
All those injured were transferred to hospital in nearby Bouira.
لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله..إن القلب ليحزن من الحادث المروّع الذي أودى بحياة أطفال ونساء ورجال بتكجدة.أتقدم في خشوع بتعازيّ القلبية لكل أسر المتوفين رحمهم الله، ودعائي للجرحى بالشفاء العاجل.
إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون.
— عبدالمجيد تبون – Abdelmadjid Tebboune (@TebbouneAmadjid) February 24, 2023
TWEET TRANSLATION: There is neither power nor strength except with God..The heart is saddened by the horrific accident that claimed the lives of children, women and men in Takjada. I sincerely offer my heartfelt condolences to all the families of the deceased, may God have mercy on them, and I pray for the wounded for a speedy recovery. We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return.
The mountainous region of Tikjda is a popular holiday destination for Algerians, who have flocked there in large numbers after the heavy snowfall of recent weeks.
Speeding motorists, including public transport drivers, is the main cause of road accidents in Algeria, according to the national road safety agency.
In 2021, the latest figures available, Algeria recorded almost 7 186 traffic accidents, resulting in 2 643 deaths and 11 479 injuries.