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School children trapped as building collapses in Lagos

At least 10 young children were trapped when a four-storey building collapsed in a densely-populated area of Lagos Wednesday, and rescuers were trying to reach them through the damaged roof. The children were attending a nursery and primary school on the top floor of the residential building when the structure collapsed. Police said they believed scores of people were trapped under the rubble. The incident took place near Itafaji market on Lagos Island at around 10:00 am (0900 GMT). In chaotic scenes, thousands of people thronged the area as police and rescue workers sought to rescue the victims. A young man helping rescue efforts who gave his name only as Derin said at least 10 children were trapped inside but thought to be alive. Police said the overall number of people inside was likely much higher. We are still trying to find out how many are trapped inside but probably scores of people, said police officer Seun Ariwyo. He said at least 20 have been brought out but did not

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