A fire has broken out in a boarding school in a suburb outside the Liberian capital Monrovia, killing at least 23 children.

The children were sleeping in a building attached to a mosque when the fire is believed to have broken out at in the early hours of the morning.

Police have told the BBC that they are still looking for bodies.

President George Weah has tweeted his condolences to bereaved families.

Police spokesman Moses Carter told Reuters news agency that fire was caused by an electrical issue, but investigations are continuing.

Officials told AFP news agency that the victims were between 10 and 20 years old.

Our correspondent Jonathan Paye-Layleh reports that Red Cross ambulances have already taken bodies away from the scene, and there are plans to bury them on Wednesday afternoon.

Large crowds gathered near the school in the wake of the disaster.


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