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11 killed in renewed activity at Indonesia volcano

Published on Feb 1, 2014 9:25 PM
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A woman flees as Mount Sinabung erupts near Bekerah village, in Karo district, North Sumatra, on Feb 1, 2014. Three men were treated in intensive care for burn injuries Saturday, Feb 1, 2014, after being engulfed in scorching clouds from Indonesia's Mount Sinabung in its biggest eruption in recent days, officials said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KARO, Indonesia (AFP) - Eleven people, including four schoolchildren, were killed Saturday after they were engulfed by scorching ash clouds spat out by Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung in its biggest eruption in recent days, officials said.

Eight people were found dead in Sukameriah village, near Mount Sinabung on the western island of Sumatra, four or whom were high school students on a sightseeing trip to the volcano, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency. 

Three other bodies were recovered from the village in the late afternoon and taken to hospital for identification, Nugroho added.

Mount Sinabung on the western island of Sumatra had shown a reduction of activity since mid-January.

 
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