Religious school in Malaysia burns, more than two dozen killed

In the southeast Asian nation of Malaysia, two teenagers were charged with 23 murders, including 21 children and two adults. They were accused of starting a fire at Kuala Lumpur, one of the religious school in Malaysia, which ended up killing many of those who were at the school. Along with being accused of starting the fire, the two 16-year-olds, including four others, have been charged with drugs offenses.

In Malaysia, along with many other cities in Asia, death is the penalty for one who commits murder, but there are exceptions for minorities.

Many witnesses who lived around the school told CNN that they heard cries of help from children who seemed to be stuck behind windows. The school was on its way to being completely on fire when emergency finally arrived to help. The first team of firefighters were only able to rescue five children on the first floor of the school. According to CNN, the firefighters found many children in front of doors piled on one another. One of the survivors was Sharituddin Musa, who suffered broken bones, burns, and internal injuries.

According to CNN , the school was not prepared for students, considering that it was a new school and still wasn’t reviewed by authorities. After the burning of the school took place, the Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak added funding of $7 million to help improve religious schools.