PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) – The roof of a school collapsed under heavy rain in northwest Pakistan near Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing seven children and injuring 13 others, police said.
Azam Khan, a local police official, said the incident occurred in the North Waziristan district. He said children aged between 4 and 14.
“Unfortunately, all children who die or become martyred in this incident receive Islamic education at the madrasa,” Khan said.
Rescuers found the body and took the injured students to the main hospital in the area, he said.
Rain in Pakistan often destroys homes and other structures due to poor construction quality and many houses are made of mud bricks.
North Waziristan served as the headquarters of the Pakistani Taliban and foreign guerrillas until 2017 after security forces in a series of operations dismantled their networks and killed or detained a number of them.
This region has many schools where children receive Islamic education.
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