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Thursday, 14 September 2017 | MYT 12:19 PM

PM expresses condolences over deaths in religious school fire

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has expressed his condolences over the deaths resulting from the fire at a religious school in Jalan Datuk Keramat.

The Prime Minister took to Twitter on Thursday to convey his condolences.

"Innalillah. Very sad to read of the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz fire and the loss of 20 lives. May their souls be blessed by Allah. Al-Fatihah," he tweeted.

Najib is currently in Washington DC for a three-day working visit.

The official Twitter account of the RMAF said Air Force chief Jen Datuk Seri Affendi Buang visited one of his staff in the Psychological and Counselling Cell who had lost his son in the fire.

"Heartbreaking. PTU Jen Affendi visited Sjn U Zamzuri from the Psychology Cell who lost his child as a result of the fire at Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah dormitory," it said in a tweet.

At least 21 students and two teachers perished in the fire that broke out at the school at about 5am on Thursday.

The fire was believed to have started at the door of one of the rooms, trapping the victims inside.