Tue, Dec 14, 2004
Seven Killed, More Than 100 Hurt
The annual kite flying festival in
Lahore, Pakistan, turned deadly over the weekend. Seven people lost
their lives, more than 100 were hurt and power was repeated knocked
out to hundreds of thousands of people.
Among those killed:
- An 18-month old baby, whose throat was cut by the string
trailing from a stray kite
- Three who died when the wires they used to guide their kites
- Two who fell from roofs while trying to catch stray kites
- A 12-year old boy who was hit by a car while trying to catch a
To make matters worse, it's apparently something of a tradition
to fire guns in the air during the kite flying festival.
"One child was injured by a stray bullet," deputy medical
superintendent Dr Saqib Shafi told AFP.
More than 20 people have died in Pakistani kite-flying accidents
since the last spring festival. That led to several new government
restrictions were put in place. Those, however, were lifted for
this year's festival.
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