(MALAYSIA, LANKAPUVATH) –At least 25 students and teachers have died in a fire at a religious school in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.
The fire at the Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah broke out in the early hours of the morning.
“The number of confirmed dead are 23 students and two wardens,” Khirudin Drahman, director of the fire and rescue department, told AFP.
“I think it is one of the country’s worst fire disasters in the past 20 years,” he said.
“It really does not make sense for so many to die.”
AFP cited police as saying the students were all boys between the age of 13 and 17.
In Islamic tahfiz schools – where children study the Koran – students often live at the school.