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UPDATED: 14:05, October 26, 2006
Death toll from bridge collapse rises to 7 in Indonesia
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The number of death toll from Wednesday's suspension bridge collapse in a mountainous tourist resort in Central Java province rose to seven on Thursday, a police officer said.

"The fatality has become seven, two of those injured have died," Police chief of Baturaden district of the province named only Sudrajad told Xinhua by telephone.

The footbridge suddenly caved in when dozens of local tourists crossing it, plunging them into the underneath rocky river, Banyumas district police chief Senior Commissioner Emronpolice was quoted by the Antara news wire as saying.

Emron said that one of the steel cables holding the small bridge snapped off.

All the fatalities were women, including a pregnant mother, he said.

The collapse occurred while the country celebrated the Islamic festival of Idul Fitri, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, when people regularly visit tourist resorts.

Source: Xinhua

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