24 people, mainly students studying the Quraan were killed in a fire at an Islamic boarding school for boys in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Thursday morning. Officials suspected an electrical short circuit caused the blaze that broke out in a top floor dormitory, where most of the students perished. The fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, a “tahfiz” boarding school where students learn to memorise the Koran, was reported around 5.40 a.m. local time, according to a statement from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department. The blaze began in the sleeping quarters of the building. According to the Kuala Lumpur police chief, Amar Singh 22 students and 2 wardens were killed and scores more injured. All the students were boys aged between 13 and 17, and they probably suffocated due to smoke inhalation.

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