Seven boys arrested over fatal Malaysian fire
Police in Malaysia yesterday said they had arrested seven boys suspected of starting a fire at an Islamic boarding school that killed 23 people, because pupils there had teased them. Police chief Amar Singh said the boys, aged 11 to 18, were detained on Friday after investigators obtained security footage from a neighbouring building. The blaze at a three-storey tahfiz school, where Muslim boys study the Quran, blocked the single exit to the first-floor dormitory, trapping pupils behind windows covered with metal grilles. Two adults and 21 teenagers were killed. Mr Singh said that six of the seven boys tested positive for drugs. He gave no details of how the suspects had been mocked by the other pupils.