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Toxic sweets death toll rises to 25

LAHORE: At least 25 people have been killed and dozens of others are ill in Punjab’s Layyah city after eating poisonous sweets, officials said Monday. Umar Hayat, a resident of Layyah area, bought the baked confectionery on April 17 to distribute among friends and family after birth of his grandson. But their celebrations turned out...

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 25, 2016 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Apr 25, 2016 | Last Updated: 6 years ago

LAHORE: At least 25 people have been killed and dozens of others are ill in Punjab’s Layyah city after eating poisonous sweets, officials said Monday.

Umar Hayat, a resident of Layyah area, bought the baked confectionery on April 17 to distribute among friends and family after birth of his grandson.

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But their celebrations turned out to be short-lived when ten people died on the same day.

The death toll from consumption of the sweets has now risen to 25, a local police official said, adding that 52 people are still being treated at various hospitals.

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The police official, Munir Ahmed, said the dead included the baby boy's father and seven of his uncles.

Rameez Bukhari, a senior police officer from the district said three people -- two brothers who run the bakery and a worker -- had been arrested.

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The worker may have inadvertently added pesticide to the sweet mix.

"There was a pesticide shop close by which was being renovated, and the owner had left his pesticides at the bakery for safe keeping," said Bukhari.

"A baker may have used a small packet in the sweet mixture," he said, but added that police were awaiting for the results of laboratory testing. – Samaa/AFP
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