7 boys suspected of setting deadly fire
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.