Fire at school outside Liberia's capital kills at least 27

The cause of the fire is under investigation. (File photo: Shutterstock)
Updated 18 September 2019

Fire at school outside Liberia's capital kills at least 27

  • President George Weah has paid a visit to the scene and is due to attend the funeral of the victims at a Monrovia mosque
  • The cause of the fire is under investigation

PAYNESVILLE: Police in Liberia say a fire at a Quranic school east of the capital, Monrovia, has killed at least 27 people and many are thought to be children.
Police spokesman Moses Carter said Wednesday that the fire around midnight gutted a dormitory and school building where students slept about 7 miles (11 kilometers) east of Monrovia. He says only the imam, their teacher and two students managed to escape.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Presidential spokesman Isaac Solo Kelgbeh says President George Weah has paid a visit to the scene and is due to attend the funeral of the victims at a Monrovia mosque.
People at the scene wailed and wept as police fought a surging crowd to make way for ambulances taking the bodies.


Trump to issue sanctions, stop trade deal, increase tariffs on Turkey

Updated 39 min 27 sec ago

Trump to issue sanctions, stop trade deal, increase tariffs on Turkey

  • President vowed to "destroy" the Turkish economy
  • Critics say Trump's decision gave Turkey a green light to go against the Kurds

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday said that in response to Turkey's incursion into Syria he will soon issue an executive order authorizing sanctions against current and former Turkish officials, stop negotiations with Turkey on a $100 billion trade deal, and boost tariffs on Turkish steel to 50 percent.

In a statement in which he vowed to swiftly destroy the Turkish economy if it continues down "this dangerous and destructive path," Trump also said that U.S. troops coming out of Syria will redeploy and remain in the region to monitor the situation.

Before the invasion, Trump ordered a couple dozen US troops out of harm's way.

Critics say Trump's decision gave Turkey a green light to go against the Kurds, who had helped the US battle against Daesh militants.

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