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Six children die in India school collapse

July 27, 2012


Indian school students sing the national anthem in Hyderabad on July 26, 2012. — Photo by AFP

LUCKNOW: Six children were killed on Friday when the roof of their school collapsed in a village in northern India, police said.

The victims of the accident at the privately run school in Bijnor district in the impoverished Indian state of Uttar Pradesh were around 10 years of age, police said.

“There were 27 students in the school and six of them were brought out dead from the rubble,” Bijnor police chief Nitin Tiwary told AFP.

Rescuers freed the remaining students who suffered cuts and bruises from the falling roof, Tiwary said by telephone.

The school is 350 kilometres from the state capital Lucknow.