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Toxic liquor kills 8 in southern Pakistan

August 11, 2013

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say at least eight people in the port city of Karachi have died after consuming homemade liquor.

Police officer Mohammad Sarwar said Sunday that 14 people from Christian-dominated slums in the city, Pakistan’s largest, were hospitalized after drinking toxic liquor late Saturday night. He said eight died and six others are being treated.

Sarwar said police have arrested two people for allegedly selling the toxic liquor and looking for those who distilled it illegally. He said the two suspects and all the victims were Christians.

Liquor poisoning is common in Pakistan, where the Muslim majority is forbidden to consume or sell alcohol. Non-Muslims can drink but many poor buy the cheapest homemade liquor, which is often adulterated.

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