Seven boys ar­rested over fa­tal Malaysian fire

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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.

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