Ugandan police say 10 students killed in arson attack

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police say 10 students have been killed in an alleged arson attack targeting a school dormitory in central Uganda.

Police spokesman Emilian Kayima said Wednesday that a tenth victim succumbed to his wounds while being admitted at a local hospital.

The Ministry of Education said 40 other students “escaped with injuries of varying degrees” from the fire that swept through the dormitory early Monday.

Police say they are investigating the fire as a “deliberate attack” although the motive is still unclear.

The fire has renewed calls for schools to have safety equipment, including fire extinguishers.

In 2008 a similar fire at a school dormitory near the capital Kampala left at least 19 pupils dead.