At least 16 killed in Turkish dormitory collapse (Lead)August 1st, 2008 - 7:55 pm ICT by IANS
Ankara, Aug 1 (RIA Novosti) At least 16 schoolgirls were killed and 27 injured after a dormitory collapsed early Friday in central Turkey, the country’s Interior Minister Besir Atalay said. The accident occurred at around 4.15 a.m. (0115 GMT) when more than 40 girls were asleep in the three-storey building in Taskent city in the southern province of Konya, the NTV news channel reported.
Six students were believed to be under the rubble.
Local officials said that workers could hear voices, stoking hopes that more survivors would be rescued.
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.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expressed condolences to his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gul, following the tragedy.
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