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Kenya girl, 14, charged over fire that killed 9 pupils

© AFP/File | The blaze at Moi Girls High School in Nairobi gutted one of the boarding facilities, leaving nine school children dead

NAIROBI (AFP) - 

A 14-year-old Kenyan girl was charged Wednesday with multiple counts of murder for allegedly starting a fire at a Nairobi school dormitory that left nine other schoolgirls dead.

According to a source inside the court, where proceedings were held in camera due to the age of the accused, the girl denied starting the fire on September 2 at the Moi Girls High School.

A source close to the investigation, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they had discovered a WhatsApp messaging group on the suspect's phone, in which she had mentioned her plans to burn down the school to four other friends.

"I will burn the school," read one of the messages.

The girl appeared to be angry that her parents had sent her to Moi Girls, instead of her preferred high school.

The bodies of the girls who died in the blaze were burnt beyond recognition and were only identified through DNA analysis which was completed on Tuesday.

© 2017 AFP