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Tragedy as boat capsizes, kills 20 in Kano

Tragedy as at least 20 people mostly women and children reportedly lost their lives in Badau village, Bagwai LGA of Kano state following a boat mishap.

WITHIN NIGERIA assembled that the incident happened around 6pm on Tuesday.

According to an eyewitness, the boat capsized in the middle of the river while conveying passengers from Badau village to Bagwai town.

The eyewitness added that the accident was caused by overloading.

“The passengers were travelling to Bagwai town to attend the annual Mulud festival,” he said.

“Scores of others sustained various degrees of injuries. Very few passengers survived the incident.”

The spokesman of the state fire service, Saminu Yusuf Abdullahi confirmed the incident.

He said 20 corpses have so far been retrieved while seven people have been rescued alive, adding that the rescue operation was still ongoing.

“More 49 persons were in the boat which was on its way to Bagwai town from Badau village when the incident happened,” he said.

In 2007, several passengers lost their lives in a similar incident in the local government area.

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