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Thu 25 Dec 2008 05:03 PM

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At least seven killed in building collapse

Another 17 people injured after five-storey building falls down in Sukkur in southern Pakistan.

At least seven people were killed and 17 others injured when a five-storey residential building collapsed early Thursday in southern Pakistan, police said.

The building in the city of Sukkur, some 370 kilometres (230 miles) northeast of Karachi, was reduced to rubble when it came down at about 2am UAE time.

"Seven people have been killed and 17 others are injured," senior police official Hameed Khosa said, adding that substandard construction materials may have been used went the building went up six months ago.

Sukkur mayor Nasir Hussain said officials were not yet sure how many people, if any, were trapped in the rubble.

"We have declared an emergency at all hospitals in the district as still there could be many people trapped in the collapsed building," Hussain said, adding that rescue work was continuing.

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