23 people have died and dozens more fallen ill in Karor Lal Esan, Pakistan after eating sweets police suspect were laced with pesticides. The sweets were reportedly purchased from a bakery then distributed among friends and family at a party celebrating the birth of a baby boy.
According to local police officer Munir Ahmed, "The death toll from consumption of the sweets has now risen to 23, and 52 people are still being treated at various hospitals."
Police say they have arrested two bakery owners and a worker in connection with the deaths.
Senior officer Rameez Bukhari said: "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."