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Murder Charges Filed After Pakistan Factory Fire

Women grieve and wait outside a building for their relatives after a fire at a garment factory in Karachi September 12, 2012.
Women grieve and wait outside a building for their relatives after a fire at a garment factory in Karachi September 12, 2012.
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Police in Pakistan have filed murder charges against the owners of a factory where nearly 300 people died in a fire.

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik confirmed Thursday that 264 people were killed when a blaze ripped through a garment factory in the southern port city of Karachi.  Officials had earlier put the death toll from Tuesday's fire at 289.  

Police say a murder case has been filed against the owners of the Ali Enterprises factory.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Many of the dead were found in the factory's basement.  Police say they were trapped because the building had no emergence exits.  Others jumped out of windows to escape the flames and smoke.

Relatives of missing factory workers spent a second day at local hospitals Thursday, trying to determine the whereabouts of their loved ones.

Another fire at a shoe factory in the eastern city of Lahore Tuesday killed at least 25 people.

  • People comfort a woman who lost a family member in a garment factory fire, during a funeral in Karachi, Pakistan, September 13, 2012.
  • Pakistanis attend the funeral of factory workers in Karachi, Pakistan, September 13, 2012.
  • A rescue worker walks past covered bodies, killed during a fire at a garment factory, after they were brought to the Jinnah hospital morgue in Karachi, September 12, 2012.
  • A Pakistani woman mourns the death of her family member outside a mortuary in Karachi, Pakistan, September 12, 2012.
  • People gather near the site of burnt garment factory in Karachi, Pakistan, September 12, 2012.
  • Pakistani rescuers collect evidence in a shoe-making factory following a fire which gutted the factory the previous night in Lahore, September 12, 2012.
  • Pakistani rescuers collect evidence in a shoe-making factory following a fire which gutted the factory the previous night in Lahore, September 12, 2012.
  • People gather as rescue work is in progress at a burnt garment factory in Karachi, Pakistan, September 12, 2012.
  • Residents gather while firefighters try to extinguish a fire at a shoe factory in Lahore, September 11, 2012.
  • Rescue workers and residents recover a body from a building after a fire at a shoe factory in Lahore, September 11, 2012.

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