A FIRE has ripped through an Islamic boarding school in Malaysia, killing at least 25 children and teachers.
The blaze reportedly broke out in a dormitory on the top floor of a three-level building at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, a tahfiz school at Datuk Keramat in the capital of Kuala Lumpur, around 5.40am (local time) on Thursday.
Twenty-three students and two wardens perished in the inferno, the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department said.
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A further seven people were taken to hospital for treatment to various injuries, including burns, while 11 others were rescued from the burning building, the fire department said.
Students between the ages of 5 and 18 attend tahfiz schools for several years to memorise the Koran (Al Quran).