At least 27 children have been killed and two were injured after a fire broke out at their Islamic religious school in Liberia on Wednesday.
The children were sleeping in a building attached to a mosque at the Quranic Islamic School in Paynesville City when it caught fire at around 11 pm Liberia time, Presidential Press Secretary Isaac Solo Kelgbeh said.
Two teachers are also among the dead. While two survivors were taken to a local hospital and remain in a critical condition. Only the imam, their teacher, and two students managed to escape, said Carter. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
Parents at the scene wailed and wept as police fought a surging crowd to make way for ambulances taking way the bodies.
Carter originally said 30 children were killed before revising the death toll down to 27. Two survivors were taken to the hospital, he added.
“This is a tough time for the families of the victims and all of Liberia,” President George Weah said in a post on Twitter. “Deepest condolences go out to the bereaved.”
Relatives gathered outside the yellow-and-green entrance to the building, whose sheet metal roof was burned.
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