26 children and 2 teachers die in school fire near Monrovia, Liberia

Liberia has declared September 19 a National day of mourning for 26 young pupils and two teachers who have been killed in a fire at a Koranic school near the Liberian capital Monrovia, on Wednesday.

Police spokesman Moses Carter said in a statement on Thursday “the young boys were sleeping in the school dormitory when the fire began overnight”. He added that an electrical fault could have caused the blaze.

President George Weah has already been on the scene of the horrible tragedy in Paynesville, on the outskirts of the capital.

The pupils who died were aged between 10 and 20, according to a presidential spokesman. The police spokesman said 27 students had been killed.

“Our team is investigating the cause of the fire,” Carter said.

He refused to rule out the possibility that the fire was a result of a criminal act.


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