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Niger: 25 children killed in the fire in a nursery school in Maradi


AA / Niamey / Kane Illa

At least 25 children were killed and 14 others injured on Monday in a fire at a nursery school in Maradi, southern Niger, authorities said.

“The Nigerien people have learned with dismay and indignation of the fire at the AFN school in Maradi which occurred on Monday, November 8 at around noon,” announced a government statement released on Monday evening and consulted by the Anadolu Agency.

“The provisional toll of this fire shows 25 children died and 14 injured, including 5 in serious condition,” added the same source.

Deploring that “this tragic event has once again mourned Niger in general and schools in particular”, the government indicated that the construction of hut classrooms is now prohibited in preschool schools and throughout the entire country. territory.

In the early evening, public television announced a toll of 21 children killed and 19 others injured, adding that the circumstances of the fire were not determined.

In a statement consulted by the Anadolu agency, regional education officials decided to “suspend classes in the city of Maradi for a period of mourning from Tuesday 09 to Thursday 11 November 2021”.

Last April, a fire ravaged another nursery school in the “Netherlands” district of the capital Niamey. According to an official report, about twenty children had been killed in this fire. In Niger, many public and private schools house hut classes exposed to fire risks.

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