New Delhi, Sep 14: At least 25 killed including 23 students, when a fire tore through an Islamic boarding school in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Thursday morning.
The fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, a “tahfiz” boarding school where students learn to memorise the Koran, was reported around 5.40 am local time (2140 GMT Wednesday), according to a statement from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department, The Indian Express reported.
Incident is considered to be one of the country’s worst fire disasters in the past 20 years.
A victim list released by the authorities showed 22 of the deceased were students while three others were religious teachers.
Officials said fire engines were at the site within minutes, and the blaze was put out within an hour.
In Islamic tahfiz schools — where children study the Quran — students often live in the schools.
However the cause of blaze is not clear yet, probe is underway.