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Fire kills at least 25 at
religious school in Malaysian capital

Reuters, by Rozanna Latiff. A. Ananthalakshmi

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 9/13/2017 10:07:24 PM

A fire at an Islamic boarding school killed at least 25 people, most of them students, in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur after breaking out in a dormitory early on Thursday morning, officials said. The fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, a "tahfiz" boarding school where students learn to memorize the Koran, was reported around 5.40 a.m. local time (2140 GMT Wednesday), according to a statement from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department. The blaze began in the sleeping quarters on the top floor of the three-storey school building, the statement said. Two wardens and 23 students died in the fire, fire department officials said in

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Fire kills at least 25 at
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A fire at an Islamic boarding school killed at least 25 people, most of them students, in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur after breaking out in a dormitory early on Thursday morning, officials said. The fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, a "tahfiz" boarding school where students learn to memorize the Koran, was reported around 5.40 a.m. local time (2140 GMT Wednesday), according to a statement from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department. The blaze began in the sleeping quarters on the top floor of the three-storey school building, the statement said. Two wardens and 23 students died in the fire, fire department officials said in

   

 

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