A Malaysian policeman keeps guard outside the forensics department of Hospital Kuala Lumpur, where the victim's bodies of a fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah religious school are being kept in Kuala Lumpur on September 15, 2017. (AFP / SADIQ ASYRAF)
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Two Malaysian teenagers were charged Thursday with murder after being accused of intentionally setting fire at an Islamic boarding school that killed 23 people, mostly students.Othman said no plea was taken from the two boys and the magistrate set a hearing for Nov. 28 .They were among seven teenagers detained days after the Sept. 14 blaze for allegedly using cooking gas tanks and petrol to set fire to a dormitory on the top floor of the 'tahfiz' school, where Muslim students learn to memorize the Quran. The school's 37 students escaped but three students had breathing difficulties, local media reported.Local media reported there are more than 500 registered tahfiz schools nationwide but many more are believed to be unregistered.The worst disaster occurred in 1989 when 27 female students at an Islamic school in Kedah state died when fire gutted the school and eight wooden hostels.
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