6 detained after Turkish dormitory fire kills schoolgirls

November 30, 2016 14:22

ANKARA/ISTANBUL - Authorities in southern Turkey detained six people on Wednesday over a fire in a dormitory that killed 11 schoolgirls and one other person, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Flames swept through the mostly wooden interior of the two-storey dormitory in the town of Aladag late on Tuesday, causing the roof to collapse.

European Affairs Minister Omer Celik, a ruling AK Party lawmaker who represents the surrounding province in the national parliament, said the suspected cause was an electrical fault.

But the opposition complained of lax regulation and criticised an education policy that has seen a growing number of such dormitories set up to house poor students from villages where there are no state schools.

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