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Medical examiner: 20 children killed in twister

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May 21, 2013 12:25 AM EST | AP


OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma state medical examiner's office says that 20 children are among the dead in the tornado that ripped through Oklahoma City suburbs.

The twister has killed at least 51 people and officials fear the death toll will rise.

Medical examiner spokeswoman Amy Elliott confirmed the children's deaths Monday night.

The tornado made a direct hit on an elementary school in Moore, Okla., and authorities were seen pulling children alive from the rubble. Authorities are still searching for victims throughout the community.