Malaysian cops hold 7 in deadly blaze

Jerusalem Post - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Po­lice in Malaysia have ar­rested seven youths in con­nec­tion with a fire at an Is­lamic board­ing school in Kuala Lumpur that killed at least 23 peo­ple, mostly teenagers. The seven, aged 11 to 18, were brought to court and re­manded for seven days, Kuala Lumpur po­lice chief Amar Singh told re­porters at a news con­fer­ence on Satur­day.

It was the dead­li­est in­ci­dent of its kind in Malaysia in two decades, and has out­raged the public, some of whom have called for greater safety and tougher reg­u­la­tion at such re­li­gious schools. The po­lice are treat­ing the case as one of mur­der and mis­chief by fire.

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