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20 students die in freak tree accident in Ghana

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ACCRA — 20 students have died and several other injured after a large tree fell on them at a popular waterfall spot in Kintampo, Ghana, emergency officials said Sunday.

Ghana National Fire Service spokesman Prince Billy Anaglate said the “unusual incident” happened on Sunday afternoon when a group of high school students were swimming at the Kintampo waterfalls, a popular tourist destination in the Brong-Ahafo region.

“They were swimming in the river when there was a storm, a windy atmosphere that had uprooted some of the trees and they had fallen on some of them — those who were apparently swimming,” Anaglate said.

“We extend our condolences to the families of the dead and pray for the injured,” said the country’s tourism minister Catherine Abelema Afeku in a statement.

“A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crashed the revellers,” an eyewitness told Ghana’s Starr News.

“Most of them are students of the Wenchi Senior High School. Others are tourists. We are trying to save those who are trapped by cutting the trees with chainsaws.”

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Groom killed, bride injured in India’s Odisha as wedding gift explodes

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BHUBANESWOR — A newly married Idian man his 85-year-old grandmother in Odisha’s Balangir district were killed and his wife was critically injured when a gift that they had received for their wedding reception exploded on Friday, just five days after their wedding, police said.

Soumya Sekhar Sahu of Patnagarh and his grandmother Jemamani Sahu succumbed to injuries in a local hospital. His wife Reema Sahu has been admitted in a critical condition in a government medical college in Sambalpur district, local media reported.

The couple got married on February 18.

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According to Sahu’s nephew Dipak Sahu, the parcel, which did not have the sender’s name, exploded as soon as it was unwrapped, seriously injuring the couple and the Sahus’ grandmother.

Preliminary police investigations on Saturday revealed that the parcel,which weighed nearly 2.10 kg, was dispatched from Raipur in Chhattisgarh through the SkyKing courier service. The forensic and bomb squads during investigations found that the bomb was highly sophisticated and was an electronic explosive.

Sources said that such types of explosives are usually used by the Army or by terror outfits. Reportedly, such a type of bomb had been used in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

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