Fire rips through Algerian migrant camp

  • 25/11/2015

A fire has broken out at a camp for African migrants in Algeria, killing 18 people and injuring another 43, emergency services say.

The blaze began before dawn at the camp housing about 600 migrants in Ouargla, 800 kilometres southeast of Algiers.

The cause and the victims' identities were not immediately known.

"The fire broke out at 3am (local time), killing 18 people and wounding 43," Colonel Farouk Achour said by telephone.

The emergency services rushed to the scene to extinguish the fire, which is suspected to have been caused by the migrants' efforts to keep warm following a cold snap in recent days.