At least four people have been killed and as many as 100 children are feared trapped after a building, home to a primary school and kindergarten, collapsed in Nigeria‘s commercial capital, Lagos.

The governor of Lagos state said on Wednesday that some people have been killed, but official numbers have not yet been released.

“We have rescued about 25 people, some already dead,” said governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

The incident took place near Itafaji market on Lagos Island at around 10:00am local time (0900 GMT).

“Dozens of children were trapped inside,” Adesina Tiamiyu, head of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), which is supervising the rescue operation, told reporters.

So far, emergency workers had pulled 40 people alive from the rubble, some of them badly injured, he said.

But they had also recovered “more than four dead bodies”, Tiamiyu said without giving an exact figure.


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