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At least 13 schoolgirls died and 22 were injured after
At least 13 schoolgirls died and 22 were injured after a school dormitory collapsed early Friday in central Turkey, local media reported.

The accident occurred at around 4:15 a.m. local time (01:15 GMT) when around 40 girls were asleep in the three-story building in the city of Taskent in Konya Province, the NTV news channel reported.

Up to 10 students are believed to be under the rubble. Earlier reports said up to 20 people were trapped in the building.

Two of those injured were in a critical state, local health officials said.

The dormitory belongs to a religious foundation. The students were attending a course on the Koran during the school's summer break.

Preliminary reports said the collapse was caused by a gas explosion.

Emergency teams have been sent from Turkey's capital, Ankara, to assist in the rescue operation.


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