42 dead, 100 missing in Nigeria river boat accident

LAGOS (AFP) - A boat overloaded with passengers and goods travelling on the Niger River in central Nigeria has capsized, killing 42 people with 100 others missing, the state resue agency told AFP on Saturday.

"As of now, we have lost 42 and 100 are missing," said Mr Mohammed Shaba, head of the State Emergency Management Agency in Niger state, referring to the Friday evening disaster.

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