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At least 26 children killed in Colombia bus fire

Monday, 19 May 2014 - 8:45am IST | Place: Bogota | Agency: dna webdesk

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At least 26 people, most believed to be children, were killed in northern Colombia when the bus they were travelling in caught fire. The accident happened on Sunday near the town of Fundacion near the Carribean coast in Colombia's Magdalena department, authorities said.

According to the mayor of the town of Fundacion, Luz Stella Daran, 40 to 50 children had been travelling on the bus. The burned bodies of 26 children had been recovered. Around 14 other children were injured and are being treated at nearby hospitals. There are worries that the death toll could rise, Magdalena police chief Adan Leon is reported to have told the local radio station. 

It is not yet clear how the fire started, but the authorities will be conducting further investigations to determine the causes of the tragedy. 

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos expressed his condolences about the bus tragedy on his Twitter account right after the accident, when the death told stood at 15. "We deeply regret the accident occurred in Fundacion, Magdalena, where at least 15 people have been killed according to the latest information," the head of state posted on the social network.

Meanwhile, Bogota's daily El Tiempo said 31 children have been killed in the accident, but this number has not been officially confirmed. 

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