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Nigeria School Collapse Kills 13

September 26, 2001

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) _ A mud-walled school collapsed in the northern city of Kano on Wednesday after a heavy rain, killing 13 children and injuring 21 others, police said.

The students were apparently preparing for a morning Arabic lesson at the Muslim school when a wall gave way, police commissioner Yakubu Bello Uba said.

Eleven children were crushed to death and two others died later of their injuries, police said. Local residents rushed the injured to the hospital. No further details were immediately available.

Heavy rains have pounded parts of northern Nigeria for the past month, bursting dams and river banks, and killing an unknown number of people.

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