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Death toll from poisoned batch of sweets in Pakistan reaches 33

Ten people died the same day, while the others, including five children, succumbed to the poison in hospital.

Pakistan flag. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The death toll from a poisoned batch of sweets has now risen to 33. The mass poisoning was detected in the Punjab province last month.

A local resident had bought the baked confectionary to distribute among friends and family to celebrate a birth in the family.

Ten people died the same day, while the others, including five children, succumbed to the poison in hospital.

The Mirror UK quoted a senior officer Rameez Bukhari saying, "There was a pesticide shop close by which was being renovated, and the owner had left his pesticides at the bakery for safe keeping. A baker may have used a small packet in the sweet mixture."

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