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Two children dead in suspected mushroom poisoning

Two children have died and nine other family members have been taken to hospital with signs of poisoning, reportedly after eating toxic mushrooms, Danish police said.

The family, who some Danish media say are Congolese refugees, were rushed from their home in Haslev, southern Denmark, to nearby hospitals with severe breathing problems and vomiting, among other symptoms.

Senior police officer Soeren Ravn-Nielsen has declined to identify the family and its members. The ages of the children were not provided.

Mr Ravn-Nielsen said foul play was not suspected, adding they were still investigating the cause of the poisoning.

Danish media say the family had eaten toxic mushrooms.

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