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Lives lost as church obstructed rescue

19 September 2014, 19:31

Johannesburg - The emergency agency says lives were lost as church officials prevented workers from rescuing victims at the scene of a collapsed building in Lagos.

Most victims were South African.

Spokesperson Ibrahim Farinloye of the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency tells The Associated Press that a multi-story shopping mall and guesthouse at televangelist TB Joshua's Synagogue, Church of All Nations collapsed at 12:44 on Friday but rescue workers did not get full access until after 17:00 on Sunday.

Also Read: PDP condoles with Synagogue Church over building collapse
He says 80 bodies were recovered and 131 survivors were saved by the time the operation ended at 15:35 on Thursday.

Farinloye said on Friday that rescuers lost critical hours when most lives are saved.

Some rescue workers were attacked by church members who also smashed the camera of a TV journalist.

- AP


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