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Nigerian female students die in Kano school dormitory fire

dorm beds destroyed by fire
Image caption The fire broke out in the hostel dormitories while students were sleeping

At least seven female students have died after a fire at a boarding school hostel near the northern Nigerian city of Kano on Sunday night, officials say.

Most of the deaths resulted from a stampede as hundreds of students rushed to escape the blaze through two exits, the Kano state officials said.

Twenty-five others were injured in the fire which broke out as students were sleeping at the government-run girls school in Jogana village, they added.

It is not being treated as suspicious.

Fire-fighters spent seven hours trying to put out the blaze, an eyewitness told the BBC's Hausa service.

The government has closed the boarding school and ordered a full investigation into the fire.

Image caption The blaze completely destroyed the school's biggest hostel

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