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    Pakistan fire: Two to hang for Karachi garment factory inferno

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    A court in Karachi has sentenced two men to death for arson after finding them guilty of starting 's deadliest industrial fire, which killed some 260 people in 2012.

    The men were found to have set a garment factory ablaze because its owners had not paid extortion money.

    They were affiliated with the MQM party, which was in in the at the time, the court said.

    Hundreds were trapped inside the building which had no fire exits.

    Prosecutors took evidence from more than 400 witnesses. The investigation into the fire called it an act of organised terrorism.

    Many of the victims were charred beyond recognition. Others died or broke bones trying to jump to safety.

    What happened in the fire?

    The blaze at the Ali Enterprises factory in the Baldia town area of the commercial capital began in the afternoon of 11 September 2012 and raged for 15 hours. Some 40 firefighting vehicles attended.

    More than 24 hours after the inferno began rescuers were still battling to reach the dead and injured inside. In all, about 500 workers had been inside the factory when the fire broke out.

    Many workers jumped from the upper floors. Others could not because of metal grilles on the windows. Survivors said doorways and stairs were stuffed with stacks of finished garments.

    Media captionThe 's Orla Guerin says the factory windows were barred, leaving most with no way out


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