DERA GHAZI KHAN- Six children were killed and eight others injured when roof of a madrasa, Jamia Rahmania, collapsed during construction work on the first storey here on Tuesday.

Eyewitnesses said that roof of the ground floor of Jamia Rahmania, located near Giddar Wala Bypass on Multan Road, some 10-away from the city, caved in during repair to the first floor of the building.

According to Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122, the dead bodies of six students were pulled out from the rubble. The rescuers said that eight students sustained critical injuries who were shifting to DHQ Teaching Hospital DG Khan and the trauma centre. The madrasa administration informed that at the time of the incident at least 14 students were studying under the roof.

“Residents of nearby village rushed to the madrasa for rescue operation after the incident, which helped saved the lives of other students,” the administration informed.

On information, DCO Nadeemur Reham, DPO Capt (r) Atta Muhammad, District Emergency Officer Dr Natiq Hayat Ghilzai along with rescue four vehicles, 54 rescuers and media men arrived on the spot. Parents of the students also arrived and started searching their children.

Five of the deceased children were identified as: 4-year-old Muhammad Hamza, son of Muhammad Arshad, 4-year-old Shafiq and 7-year-old Naveed, both brothers and sons of Aziz, six-year-old Ejaz, son of Mustafa and six-year-old Irfan, son of Iqbal.

The police confirmed deaths of the students but said that it is yet to be ascertained as to what actually was the reason for the roof collapse.