Tahfiz Fire Tragedy: Difficult To Recognise Victim's Body, Says Family Member

Last update: 15/09/2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 (Bernama) -- Family members of one of the victims who was killed in the fire which occurred at Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, Jalan Keramat Ujung early today, found it difficult to identify the body as it was burned beyond recognition.

Noor Aini Kamarudeen, 31, the sister-in-law of Muhammad Haikal Abdullah, 12, said the second round of identification by the deceased's mother and siblings was inconclusive, and they would have to wait until tomorrow for the DNA test results to confirm the identity.

"Based on the pictures we saw, the body had a sweater, a ring and a watch on. We could not confirm as the body was completely burnt.

"Whatever the results of the DNA test tomorrow, our family will accept it," she told Bernama when met at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine (IPFN), Kuala Lumpur Hospital, here today.

She said the youngest of the seven siblings had just celebrated his birthday on Sept 6.

Noor Aini described her brother-in-law as cheerful and affectionate.

"My mother-in-law had just visited him at the school last night. Last week we took him out to the Titiwangsa Lake Garden, we did not expect it to be our last outing together," she said in tears.

A total of 21 students and two teachers were killed in the fire at 5.15am.