8 Kenyan schoolgirls burnt to death

2012-08-23 15:12


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Nairobi - Eight young schoolgirls were burnt to death in a dormitory fire at a boarding school in western Kenya, police said on Thursday.

"We lost eight children. We are investigating what caused the fire," local police chief Kennedy Wabuoba said, adding that the girls were asleep when the blaze broke out late Wednesday in Homa Bay, some 260km west of the capital Nairobi.

Kenya Red Cross official John Roche said they helped remove the charred bodies from the burnt down building and took them to a nearby mortuary.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga has demanded "a comprehensive report" on the deaths.

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