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Two children have died and two other persons were injured in Katcha Local Government Area of Niger State when a boat caught fire.

The boat was said to have caught fire following a mechanical fault in the engine, which ignited a jerry can of petrol inside the boat.

The overseeing Director-General of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Salihu Garba said the incident happened at 6 pm on Friday and that the boat had 145 passengers on board.