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17 girls killed in dormitory blast

August 02, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

An explosion destroyed a three-story girls dormitory in central Turkey, killing at least 17 students, injuring 27 and setting off a frantic search for others trapped in the rubble.

Rescuers working late into the night pulled out two survivors, leaving at least one girl unaccounted for.

Officials said about 45 girls between the ages of 8 and 16 were staying at the dormitory as they attended Koran courses during the summer school break. A leaking pipe carrying liquefied petroleum gas is believed to have caused the predawn blast.

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