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Ugandan school closes after 9 killed in fire

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Nine students have been confirmed dead in an inferno at the St Bernard Secondary School, in Uganda’s Rakai District in central part of the country.

Police have also confirmed the arrest of three people in connection with the fire. Preliminary findings indicate that the fire started shortly after midnight on Sunday, 11 November 2018, at a dormitory for boys.

A number of students from the dormitory were rescued by the police and residents in the area before being rushed to a referral hospital where, according to the police, nine of them were confirmed dead.

According to a statement by Uganda Police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima, there is suspicion that ten students recently expelled from the school could have had a hand in starting the fire.

“We suspect that ten senior four students, who were recently expelled due to indiscipline, could have been behind the fire. We have already arrested one so that we can interrogate him,” the statement said.

Students have been instructed to return home in the wake of the fire.  The decision to close the school was reached at an emergency meeting between the police and the school administration which was also attended by Uganda’s Security minister, Elly Tumwine and the Director General of the Internal Security Organs, Brigadier Kaka Bagyenda.



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