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12 die in Indonesian bridge collapse

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Twelve Indonesian children are killed as a wooden plank suspension bridge collapses in Indonesia's Aceh province, an official has says.

The accident occurred Sunday in a remote village on the Sumatra island, district chief Ibnu Hasyim said Monday.

"There were about 37 kids gathered together on a wire-cable suspension bridge when it collapsed and they fell into a river," he told AFP.

Twenty-five children were rescued with minor injuries but 12 others, all below the age of 12, were swept away in the strong currents.

The children were watching a traditional ceremony conducted by indigenous leaders to dispel misfortune after a measles outbreak in the area.

"The adults were throwing offerings in the form of chickens into the river" when the bridge collapsed, the official said.

Police suspects that overloading has caused one of the bridge's cables to break.

Source: presstv.ir


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