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5 Sep 2017

Fire kills seven schoolgirls, injures 10 others as seniors resort to arson in fight for position

The education minister has blamed a fire that engulfed a female hostel on arson, saying it was probably caused by students who were fighting over senior appointments in the school.

In a fire incident suspected to be an arson, seven teenage schoolgirls died and 10 more were hospitalised after a fire engulfed their boarding school dormitory on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

The incident happened in Nairobi, Kenya, and the education minister, Fred Matiang’i, has blamed arson for the incident.

Matiang’i was quoted as saying that there had been a spate of such fires caused by fights over senior appointments in schools.

“It was not an accident, it was arson,” Matiang’i said of the fire at Moi Girls School in the capital.

Seven girls were killed in Saturday’s blaze and two others later died of their injuries, he informed.

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