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Thursday 24 July 2014

Poison cook 'killed 22 in feud'

A political feud between two branches of the same family led to poisoned food killing 22 people, police say

Police have arrested a cook accused of poisoning to death 22 people in central Pakistan in a political feud between two branches of the same family.

Police officer Sadiq Dogar said the incident followed recent provincial elections in which Arsal Khan Khichi lost to his cousin, Jehanzeb Khan Khichi.

Khichi is accused of paying the cook 50,000 rupees (£330) to poison food at his rival's home in Mailsi town in Punjab province on June 9. Nearly 50 people became ill and 22 died.

Mr Dogar said Jehanzeb Khan Khichi was not at home and did not eat the poisoned food. He says the cook has confessed to poisoning the food and Arsal Khan Khichi is on the run.

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