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Govt launches probe into deadly school fire

Burma has launched an official inquiry into a blaze at a Muslim school that killed 13 boys, state media said Wednesday, as authorities sought to dismiss fears the fire was linked to religious unrest.A seven-member commission is to set up a “probe into the death of the young boys” in the Rangoon mosque complex, according to the English edition of the New Light of Myanmar, which said the group would present its findings by Friday.The blaze early Tuesday spread fears among local Muslims that their community may have been targeted following a spate of Buddhist-Muslim killings and

Burmese Muslim school hit by deadly blaze in Rangoon

A fire at a Muslim school in the Burmese city of Rangoon has killed at least 13 people including children, officials say. Police officers said the fire was caused by an electrical fault and not due to any criminal activity. Most of the children escaped unharmed, reports BBC.The fire comes amid an upsurge in violence between Buddhists and Muslims.

Myanmar Muslims kill 8 Buddhists in Indonesian centre

A group of Myanmar Muslims beat eight Buddhists to death at an Indonesian detention centre Friday after they heard about communal violence in their homeland, police said. The Muslims attacked the Buddhists, also from Myanmar, in the early hours at the Belawan Port immigration detention centre in North Sumatra province, said local police chief Endro Kiswanto. It began after the detainees learnt of recent Buddhist-Muslim violence in Myanmar which has left at least 43 people dead and many Muslim homes and mosques destroyed, he said.

Myanmar launches probe into deadly school fire

Myanmar has launched an official inquiry into a blaze at a Muslim school that killed 13 boys, state media said Wednesday, as authorities sought to dismiss fears the fire was linked to religious unrest. A seven-member commission is to set up a "probe into the death of the young boys" in the Yangon mosque complex, according to the English-language New Light of Myanmar, which said the group would present its findings by Friday.

13 teens dead in blaze at Myanmar Muslim school

A fire blamed on an electrical fault killed 13 teenage boys at a Muslim school in Myanmar's main city Tuesday, police and witnesses said, raising fears of a further eruption of tensions after a wave of religious unrest. Police and soldiers flanked the scorched blue mosque and religious school in central Yangon, where dozens of children had been sleeping when the blaze broke out early Tuesday. Authorities launched an inquiry into the fire, stressing that early indications suggested a tragic accident. Police said two guards at the building had been charged with negligence.

13 teens dead in blaze at Myanmar Muslim school

A fire blamed on an electrical fault killed 13 teenage boys at a Muslim school in Myanmar's main city Tuesday, police and witnesses said, raising fears of a further eruption of tensions after a wave of religious unrest. Police and soldiers flanked the scorched blue mosque and religious school in downtown Yangon, where dozens of children had been sleeping when the blaze broke out early Tuesday.

13 teens dead in blaze at Myanmar Muslim school

A fire blamed on an electrical fault killed 13 teenagers at a Muslim school in Myanmar's main city Tuesday, police and witnesses said, raising fears of a further eruption of tensions after a wave of religious unrest. Dozens of police and soldiers flanked the building in Yangon as the government urged people not to believe rumours about the cause of the fire, which comes just days after Buddhist-Muslim killings and arson spread across areas of central Myanmar.

13 dead in blaze at Myanmar Muslim school

A fire killed 13 students at a Muslim school in Myanmar's main city on Tuesday, police said, raising tensions in the wake of sectarian clashes despite police assurances that the blaze was accidental. The government called for calm and sent security forces to the scene after an angry crowd gathered demanding answers about the deadly fire in Yangon, which follows a wave of Buddhist-Muslim killings and arson in central Myanmar.

World Muslim body to meet on Myanmar violence

The head of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation said on Saturday that ministers from OIC states will meet on April 14 in Saudi Arabia to discuss deadly violence against Muslims in Myanmar. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said in a statement that a contact committee of OIC foreign ministers would gather in the Red Sea port of Jeddah. State media in Myanmar reported on Saturday that the death toll from communal violence in the centre of the country over the past 10 days has risen to 43 with more than 1,300 homes and other buildings destroyed.

Muslim leaders urge Myanmar to restore order

Myanmar's Muslim leaders have appealed to President Thein Sein to take swift action to quell religious violence, accusing security forces of standing by as rioters went on a rampage. "These violent attacks include crimes such as arson and massacres which deserve heavy penalties," four groups including the Islamic Religious Affairs Council and the Myanmar Muslim National Affairs Organisation wrote in an open letter to the president.
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