Nigeria and Brazil in tears as school building collapse and shooting respectively leave 10 dead
Eight pupils have now been confirmed to have died after a school collapsed in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos on Wednesday morning, according to rescue official Ike Okwonkwo.
He adds that 40 pupils have been rescued so far. More than 100 pupils attend the school.
Lagos State Government had earmarked the building for demolition since 2018 but the occupants refused to vacate the building, a resident told the BBC.
The rescue operation is still under way:
In Brazil; Two teenagers have opened fire at a school in south-eastern Brazil, killing at least seven students and one employee, police say.
The shooting happened when the students were on a break at the state school in Suzano, near São Paulo. At least 10 other people have been wounded. Police say the hooded gunmen killed themselves after the attack.
While gun crime is common in Brazil, shootings of this nature are not.
The school has some 1,000 primary and secondary students, aged between six and 18. The identities of the victims and the alleged attackers – who were said to be former students at the school – have not yet been released.
The motive for the shooting is not clear, police say.