KUALA LUMPUR- The bodies of 23 victims who perished in a fire at a religious school in Taman Seri Keramat are only expected to be released from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital forensics unit on Friday afternoon after a post-mortem.
The next-of-kin, who is believed to have arrived as early as 8am at the mortuary, were seated inside the premises with the gate closed.
It was reported that the results of the victim identification will only be out at the earliest by 3.30pm.
Eleven bodies are expected to be buried at the Raudhatussakinah Muslim Cemetery in Batu Caves, while four others will be buried in a Muslim cemetery in Jalan Ampang.
Four more bodies will be buried in different areas around the Klang Valley.
The other four are expected to be buried in Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Kelantan and Perak.
On Thursday morning, a fire broke out at Darul Quran Ittifaqiah tahfiz, razing the top floor of the building.
Twenty-one students, aged between 13 and 17, along with their two teachers were killed.
The authorities have yet to determine the cause of fire, which said to be the worst in decades. -THE STAR