Bushfires in Australia: Two held for suspicious activity

February 12th, 2009 - 12:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, Feb 12 (Xinhua) Australian police have arrested two people for suspicious activity in the aftermath of the deadly bushfires, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported Thursday.
The police said detectives responded to a report of suspicious activity Thursday morning, but did not reveal details about the arrests.

The investigations were in their initial stages and the two people were assisting with their inquiries, the police said.

Deputy Police Commissioner Simon Overland said the pair were not seen lighting fires and they were assisting police with their inquiries.

“It will take us a little time just to work through and establish just what’s been going on,” ABC quoted him as saying.

The official death toll stands at 181 Thursday but Victorian police said they expect the final figure could be more than 300.

The police believe arsonists were responsible for the Churchill fire, in Victoria’s east, and possibly for the fire which destroyed the township of Marysville, where up to 100 people could have died.

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