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Children were among the 11 people murdered in a fire at a Ugandan blind school

Children were among the 11 people murdered in a fire at a Ugandan blind school

Children were among the 11 people murdered in a fire at a Ugandan blind school

Children were among the 11 people murdered in a fire at a Ugandan blind school

Eleven persons, primarily children, were killed when a fire ripped through a dormitory at a school for the blind in Uganda in the early hours of Tuesday while students were asleep.

“The origin of the fire is now unknown, however 11 deaths have been verified as a consequence of the fire, with six in critical condition and admitted (to hospital),” the Uganda Police Force stated on Twitter.

The accident happened at 1 a.m. (2200 GMT Monday) at the Salama School for the Blind in the Mukono area, east of Kampala.

Police said an inquiry into the cause of the fire had been initiated and that further information will be revealed later.

“The majority of the dead are schoolchildren, and our hearts go out to their parents,” said Internal Affairs Minister General Kahinda Otafiire to AFP.

He said the school had been roped off as a “crime scene” and promised a thorough investigation.

“As a government, we will investigate the source of the fire, and if there are any perpetrators, they will be captured, and the law will take its course,” he continued.

The school’s blind headmaster, Francis Kirube, told AFP that flames rushed through the dormitory while the students slept.

Images shown on Ugandan television showed a burnt but mostly undamaged structure where the fire broke out, with blackened window frames and doors and a damaged corrugated roof.

At the school, forensic teams were spotted wearing white safety gear, as heartbroken parents gathered nearby.

 

 

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