At least 10 children were killed on Sunday, January 29, when a boat carrying religious school students capsized in northwest Pakistan, officials said.

Local media showed emergency services conducting search and rescue operations in the water, while onlookers gathered at the lake’s shore.

Around eight students were still missing while seven injured had been taken to hospital, according to local officials in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where the accident took place.

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Kohat’s district commissioner Mahmood Aslam said around 50 students from a local religious school, had gathered near Tanda lake for a picnic. Twenty-five had ventured out on the water – which was closed by authorities for recreational trips – on a boat that capsized, he said.

The pupils who had died were aged between seven and 12 years old, according to a list shared with Reuters by the commissioner.

He said Pakistani military divers were helping with the rescue and recovery efforts.

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