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Bus runs into Muslim procession in Gombe; kills 11 children.

Eleven children were killed when a bus driver lost control of his vehicle and ploughed into a Muslim procession marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed in northern Nigeria, police said Wednesday.

The accident Tuesday in Malam Sidi village in Gombe state was due to a brake failure, said police spokesman Ahmed Usman.

“A total of 11 children died in the incident while 17 others were seriously injured,” Usman said.

He said the victims were aged between 11 and 15, prompting an angry mob to descend on the bus driver and beat him to death.
Police have launched an investigation into the accident, he added.

Even though Nigerians have already celebrated the birth of Prophet Mohammed with a public holiday in December, activities are held month-long in the north to celebrate.