Toxic liquor kills 27 in Pakistan's Karachi

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KARACHI, Sep 21 (Reuters) Twenty-seven people have been killed in the Pakistani city of Karachi after drinking poisonous bootleg liquor, police said today.

''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 homemade 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.

Liquor is heavily restricted in Muslim Pakistan. A few shops are allowed to operate, though they only sell to non-Muslims, and even those must close during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

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