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Myanmar fire raises security fears

Wednesday, April 03, 2013 - 00:40

April 3 - Security is tight in Yangon after a blaze at an Islamic school that killed 13 boys. Rough Cut(no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Security was tight in Yangon on Wednesday (April 3), a day after a fire caused by faulty electrical equipment killed 13 boys at an Islamic school. However, some Muslims have voiced concern because the fire followed a wave of anti-Muslim violence in the Buddhist-majority country. Myanmar's government called for calm in the wake of the tragedy amid the height of sectarian conflict and clashes in recent months. Yangon's fire department has launched in inquiry into the cause of the fire, along with a electricity company, and representatives from Muslim communities. Officials said in a statement late on Tuesday (April 2) that the fire was caused by a faulty electricity transformer which short circuited. The victims died of suffocation when the fire broke in the dormitory of the Islamic school based at a mosque. About 70 teenage Islamic students were thought to slept in the Mosque compound during the night. Neighbours and witnesses said the doors to the dormitory were locked due to security concerns after violence flared elsewhere in the country in March.

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Myanmar fire raises security fears

Wednesday, April 03, 2013 - 00:40