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At least 11 killed as fire sweeps through Karachi hotel

Fire broke out during the night at the four-star Regent Plaza in Karachi. Credit: APTN

At least 11 people have been killed after a fire swept through a four-star hotel in the Pakistani city of Karachi, where members of the country's cricket team were staying.

More than 50 people were injured in the fire at the Regent Plaza, which started in the hotel kitchen as guests slept, although the exact cause remains unknown.

The hotel interior was gutted was by a blaze that started in the hotel kitchen. Credit: RTV

Some foreigners were among those being treated for burns, with suffocation the primary cause of death.

Footage of the incident showed guests using bed sheets to climb down from windows.

Guests smashed windows to avoid suffocation. Credit: RTV

Police officer Tauqeer Naeem said an unnamed cricketer broke his ankle jumping from the building.

Hotel guest Muhammad Saeed said people were stranded for "four to five hours".

"Everybody was looking helpless, crying for help and nobody was there," he said.

Guests used bed sheets to climb down from windows. Credit: APTN



'At least 30 killed' in head-on bus crash in Pakistan

Women and children are among the dead. Credit: ITV News

At least 30 people were killed when two buses collided in a head-on crash in Pakistan.

Police said speeding on a dangerous curve seemed to be the cause of the accident in the Rahim Yar Khan district on Monday.

Women and children are among the dead and another 69 are thought to be injured.

Deadly road accidents are common in Pakistan, mainly because of bad road infrastructure and reckless driving habits.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed "deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives".

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