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13 girls killed in boat mishap

13 girls killed in boat mishap
February 11
20:06 2016
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A boat capsized and killed 13 persons at River Gilbi in Jahun local government area of Jigawa state, on Thursday.

Most of the victims were girls and are all presumed dead after the accident which happened at a riverine community some 50 kilometers away from Dutse, the state capital.

The boat capsized at the river between Tsuburi Darai and Gilma villages.

Yusuf Sani Babura, the executive secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said the rescue team are still searching for the dead bodies.

He confirmed 13 deaths, saying: “Young girls under nine to 12 years old were loaded in two boats on their way from Tsuburi Darai village to cross the river to Gilma village to attend a wedding ceremony when the tragedy occurred.”

Abdul Jinjiri, spokesman of the police in the state, said seven died on the spot.

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