Staff Correspondent

Raichur: Three schoolchildren were killed on the spot and nine injured when an autorickshaw in which they were travelling was hit by a private bus on National Highway 13 near Munirabad in Koppal district on Monday.

According to the police, the autorickshaw was carrying 12 children to Huligi village near Koppal.

The dead have been identified as Nazia Begum, Ganesh and Spurti (all 13-year-olds). Among the injured, four were shifted to the government hospital at Hospet and five were sent home after being treated at a hospital in Munirabad. The police have registered a case.