Seven schoolgirls drown as boat capsizes in Guinea

[05-06-2023 09:54 AM]

Ammon News - At least seven Guinean schoolgirls drowned Sunday after a pirogue a long wooden vessel they were travelling in capsized, the education minister said.

The girls were crossing the Niger river in the northeast of Guinea in West Africa to take high school entrance exams that begin on Monday.

"We are struck by this bad news that seven students lost their lives," the minister for literacy and pre-university education, Guillame Hawing, told journalists on a visit to the region to launch the exam period.

A local source said that the death toll was provisional, and that the search for more bodies was still underway.

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