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Many pupils feared dead as Jos school building collapses

The collapsed school building in Jos
The collapsed school building in Jos

Seven school children are confirmed dead, with dozens injured following the collapse of a two-storey Islamic school, in Jos, the Plateau State capital, late Sunday.

The school, Abu Naima Primary and Secondary School in Bukuru, Jos South local Government Area of the state collapsed, killing 7 pupils inside it.

The unfortunate incident reportedly took place around 6:30 in the evening while the school, said to be a private Islamic institution, was holding its evening classes.

“So far 7 dead bodies have been evacuated from the building, but there are several others still in the building,” narrated a witness, Awal Ahmed.

According to Awal, the building collapsed at the time the pupils, most of them less than 10 years old – were being taught Sunday classes, which is believed to be attended by about 30 pupils.

The Zonal Coordinator, North Central of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mohammed Abdulsalam, who confirmed the casualty, said rescue team of the agency arrived the scene, recovered 7 bodies, while five people were rescued but with severe injuries.

He said the injured persons have been taken to Plateau Specialist Hospital in Jos for medical attention.

He also said rescue efforts were ongoing and casualty nay increase as several other people were still buried in the rubble.

It was gathered that more than 30 pupils do attend the Sunday classes to learn how to read the Quran, and that several of them were present when the incident occurred.

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