Myanmar launches school fire probe

AFP-JIJI

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 was 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.

The blaze early Tuesday spread fears among local Muslims that their community may have been targeted following a spate of Buddhist-Muslim killings and arson that has spread across central Myanmar in recent weeks.