Kuala Lumpur school fire kills 23 stu­dents, teach­ers

Daily Trust - - DIGEST -

At least 23 stu­dents and teach­ers have died in a fire at a re­li­gious school in Malaysia’s cap­i­tal, Kuala Lumpur. The fire at the Tah­fiz Darul Qu­ran It­ti­faqiyah broke out in the early hours of Thurs­day morn­ing.

The vic­tims are thought to been trapped in their dor­mi­tory as the win­dows were barred with metal grilles. “It is one of the coun­try’s worst fire dis­as­ters in the past 20 years,” Khirudin Drah­man, di­rec­tor of the fire and res­cue depart­ment, told AFP. Ini­tial counts put the death toll at 25, but po­lice later re­vised that down by two. Po­lice said the dead were 21 stu­dents - all boys be­tween the age of 13 and 17 and two staff mem­bers.

Ten peo­ple were taken to hos­pi­tal, and four are thought to have se­ri­ous in­juries.

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