Five pupils were killed when a wall collapsed on them at school, a uthorities in an eastern Chinese province said.
The Anhui Administration of Work Safety said the wall fell on the girls as they gathered on the sidelines of a basketball game at Tongren Middle School in the city of Huaibei. Another student was injured.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
State broadcaster China Central Television said the five girls were resting at the foot of the wall when it collapsed.
China's official Xinhua News Agency said rescue workers had to use their hands rather than machinery to dig through the rubble to try to rescue the girls because several students were buried under the wall.