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Nigerian Church Collapse Kills 67 South Africans

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FILE-Rescue workers carry a survivor from the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria, Sept. 13, 2014.

FILE-Rescue workers carry a survivor from the rubble of a collapsed building belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria, Sept. 13, 2014.

South African President Jacob Zuma says 67 South Africans died when a church building collapsed last Friday in Lagos, Nigeria.

Calling Tuesday a particularly difficult time for his country, he described the tragedy as the largest number of South Africans to die in a single incident outside the country in recent years.

Nigerian authorities say a guest house collapsed on the grounds of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, which is a major attraction for religious-minded tourists.

Investigators believe the strain of additional stories under construction on top of the house caused the collapse.

It is unclear if there are any more victims or what their nationalities would be.

Some information for this report comes from AFP and Reuters.

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