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20 Children Die In Niger Republic School Fire Incident

A school in Niger Republic with a population of 800 has been thrown into mourning after a fire outbreak killed 20 children.

Twenty School children have died after their classrooms caught fire in Niger’s capital, Niamey.

The school located in the Pays Bas area has a population of 800 students. According to Reuters, the cause of the fire which started around the entrance of the school is yet to be established.

Twenty-one classrooms built with straw were gutted by the fire, effectively trapping some students who did not have an alternative escape route.

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“Without an emergency exit, many were trapped and students were forced to scale the wall to escape. Those that died were mostly children in the preschool,” Reuters quoted a teachers’ union official, Mounkaila Halidou, as saying.

Prime Minister of Niger Republic, Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou has however embarked on a condolence visit to the school to offer his respect to the children’s parents.

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