7 boys sus­pected of set­ting deadly fire

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Po­lice said Satur­day that they have ar­rested seven boys sus­pected of start­ing a fire that killed 23 peo­ple at an Is­lamic board­ing school be­cause stu­dents there had al­legedly teased them.

Speak­ing in a tele­vised news con­fer­ence in Kuala Lumpur, Po­lice Chief Amar Singh said the boys, ages 11 to 18, were de­tained Fri­day night af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tors ob­tained se­cu­rity footage from a neigh­bor­ing build­ing.

The blaze at the three-story tah­fiz school, where Mus­lim boys study and mem­o­rize the Ko­ran, blocked the lone exit to the dor­mi­tory, trap­ping stu­dents be­hind barred win­dows. Two adults and 21 teenage stu­dents were killed.

Singh gave no de­tails on how the sus­pects had al­legedly been mocked by stu­dents.

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