Wednesday, January 29, 2003

300 students riot at college in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, AP

About 300 students rioted Wednesday at a college in Malaysia, fighting with iron rods, sticks and broken glass and burning mattresses, the national news agency reported. Two people were slightly injured.

Police took more than two hours to end the rampage at the Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara, a government-funded job-training school on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, the Bernama agency reported. The violence was triggered by a gang fight, it said.

Gang members fought with iron rods, sticks and glass before other students joined in, setting fire to mattresses and pillows outside their hostel block, Selangor state police chief Abu Bakar Mustapha was cited as saying.

The riot started around midnight Tuesday, he said, and police arrived at about 2:30 a.m. It was not immediately clear if the students clashed with police.

Two students were slightly injured, one in the head and the other in the leg, Abu Bakar said.

Several students involved in the riot were being questioned by police, though no charges had yet been laid, he said.

Police and college officials were not immediately available to comment.