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Toxic liquor kills 27 in Pakistan's Karachi

Police officers question patients, who were poisoned by drinking contaminated liquor, at a hospital in Multan October 27, 2006. Twenty-seven people have been killed in the Pakistani city of Karachi after drinking poisonous bootleg liquor, police said on Friday. REUTERS/Asim Tanveer

KARACHI (Reuters) - Twenty-seven people have been killed in the Pakistani city of Karachi after drinking poisonous bootleg liquor, police said on Friday.

Liquor is banned in Muslim Pakistan although a few shops are allowed to operate, though they only sell to non-Muslims. Even those shops are closed during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

“The poisonous liquor has so far claimed 27 lives and another 11 are being treated in different hospitals,” said Javed Bukhari, a deputy inspector general of police.

An inquiry has been ordered and three police officers have been suspended for failing to stop the sale of the home-made liquor, he said.

“Apparently, the toxic liquor was supplied to all these people by the same source,” he said.

The dead included Muslims, Christians and Hindus.

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