Kuala Lumpur school fire kills students and teachers

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    At least 25 students and teachers have been killed in a fire at a religious school in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, officials say.

    The fire broke out in the early hours of the morning at the school in the Jalan Datuk Keramat area.

    “The number of confirmed dead are 23 students and two wardens,” Khirudin Drahman, director of the city’s fire and rescue department, told the AFP news agency.

    Their ages were not immediately clear.

    The website of the private Islamic school carries pictures of young children and families attending classes.

    Malaysian authorities have raised concerns about safety measures at private schools after a series of fires in recent years.

    Local media report there have been more than 200 such fires since 2015.

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