Death toll from poisoned sweets climbs to 33 in Pakistan


Some 33 people including five children have now died in central Pakistan after eating sweets accidentally tainted with insecticide, officials said on Sunday. The mass poisoning occurred in the Karor Lal Esan area of Punjab province last month. “The death toll from poisonous sweets has risen to 33 and 13 other victims are still in hospital,” said district police chief Muhammad Ali Zia. Local resident Umar Hayat bought the baked confectionery on April 17 to distribute among friends and family to celebrate the birth of his grandson. But their jubilation was short-lived when ten people died on the same day.…

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