Friday, April 18, 2008

Ugandan police arrest 10 over fatal school fire

An update on the Buddo Girls’ School fire in Uganda. From the International Herald Tribune:

A police spokesman says 10 people have been arrested in connection with a fire that killed at least 19 Ugandan school girls.

Judith Nabakooba says the dormitory matron and school guards at Budo school were among those arrested in the investigation into Monday's fire. She did not speculate on motives but said Friday that police were offering US$3,000 for information.

Earlier, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said there were "signs that there was negligence by the school administration."

Thousands of people attended a prayer service for the dead girls in the capital Friday, where Anglican Bishop Samuel Balagadde Sekadde spoke of 10-year-old Yvonne Namaganda, who rescued six of her classmates before being overcome by fumes when she returned help a seventh.

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