Update: Poisoned Sweets Kill 24 In Pakistan's Punjab

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 - 10:19

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At least 23 people have died after consuming poisoned sweets in central Pakistan, police officials say.

The deaths began last week after a man in Punjab province bought the treats to celebrate the birth of his son.

He and 11 other relatives are among the dead - in all 77 people were affected. Five remain in a serious condition.

Police have arrested two owners of a local sweetshop and one of their employees while the source of the contamination is investigated.

Officials suspect pesticide from a store next to the shop may accidentally have found its way into the laddoos - ball-shaped sweets popular at special occasions.



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