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Funerals held for local tourists killed in Africa

The funeral for Juana Jiménez took place in Vélez-Málaga.
The funeral for Juana Jiménez took place in Vélez-Málaga. / E. Cabezas
  • Services for the three Malaga women who died in a head-on collision while on holiday in Tanzania took place last week

After a week of waiting, the families and friends of the three Malaga tourists who were killed in a traffic accident in Tanzania on 2 September were finally able to lay their loved ones to rest.

The bodies of María Belén Jiménez and Juana Jiménez, both from Veléz-Málaga, and María Victoria Aláez from Alhaurín de la Torre, were flown back last week from the Dar es Salam airport in Tanzania and then via Zurich in Switzerland.

The three victims were travelling together with Italian Sebastien Giordani who also died in the accident, as did the driver of the four wheel vehicle in which they were travelling and the guide that was accompanying them.

The cause of the accident is still not clear at the time of going to press and investigations are continuing, but the preliminary findings by the police suggest that the lorry had moved across into the lane that the tourists were travelling in and hit the 4x4 head on.

Serengeti National Park

The vehicle, property of the tour and safari company Tabia Tour, was driving through the Serengeti National Park and was only a few kilometres from Arusha when the collision occurred.

The three Malaga women and the Italian who was travelling with them had arrived in Africa on 31 August and were due to return to Spain today, 14 September.

The mayor of Alhaurín de la Torre, Joaquín Villanova, has announced a special mass at the San Sebastián church on Sunday 15 September at 10.30am.