15 children drown, 25 missing in Nigeria boat accident: Official

AFP , Wednesday 10 May 2023

Fifteen children drowned and 25 others were missing when a boat capsized in a river in northwest Nigeria's Sokoto state, a local official told AFP Wednesday.

Workers recovered peaple
File Photo: Workers recovered 55 bodies to bring the death toll to 60 so far, as per officials. AFP


The children were on their way to collect firewood in the bush on Tuesday on the other side of Shagari river when their overloaded boat capsized, Aliyu Abubakar, political administrator of Shagari district said.

"Fifteen bodies, 13 girls and two boys, were recovered by local rescue teams and buried in the village," Abubakar, who supervised the rescue operation, said.

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