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Jan. 27, 2013 at 9:03 AM   |   Comments

At least 137 die in Brazilian club fire

SANTA MARIA, Brazil, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A fire at a Brazilian nightclub early Sunday killed at least 137 people and left scores of others injured, police said.

The fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. at Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, CNN reported.

There were 300 to 400 people in the club when the fire erupted and only one exit door, O Globo, Rio de Janeiro, reported.

"It was a small door for a lot of people" Luana Santos Silva, who was at the nightclub, told O Globo.

Col. Adilomar Silva, the regional coordinator of civil defense, said rescue crews were still pulling bodies out of the building at 9 a.m. and the death toll was expected to climb.

The injured were taken to three hospitals, the newspaper said.

Rio Grande do Sul Gov. Tarso Genro took to Twitter to lament the fire.

"Sad Sunday! We are taking appropriate action and possible. I'll be in Santa Maria in the late morning," Genro tweeted.


Roadside bomb kills 10 in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A roadside bomb in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province killed at least eight Afghan soldiers and two suspected militants, officials said Sunday.

Provincial Security Chief Gen. Abdul Razaq said the improvised explosive device, IED, blew up as a convoy of Afghan soldiers passed by en route to a nearby military base, Khaama Press reported.

The soldiers had just defused another roadside bomb and had two suspected militants in custody, Razaq said. The detainees were among the dead.

No group had claimed responsibility for the blast, officials said.


Factory fire kills seven in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Investigators Sunday sought the cause of a fire at a Bangladeshi garment factory that killed seven women, officials said.

The fire broke out at the Smart Garment Export factory around 2 p.m. Saturday and was controlled in about two hours, BDNews24.com reported.

Among the dead were a doctor and an assistant caring for the injured at the scene, and five factory workers, officials said.

"Doctors at the Sikder Medical College declared five female workers of the factory dead after they were rushed there in a critical condition," Mohammadpur Police spokesman Azizul Haque said.

Four other employees of factory, which made sweaters and jackets, were injured.

Fire Department Supervisor DeMasudur Rahman Akand said the workers were returning from lunch when the fire started in a storage area in the factory, The New York Times reported. Officials told BDNews24.com that the fire may have started in a boiler room.

Workers said their supervisors locked one of the factory exits, forcing some of them to jump out of windows, The Times said

Akand said the dead either suffocated or were trampled by others trying to escape.

The factory, which was located on the second floor of a building, lacked proper ventilation and fire prevention equipment, Akand said.

"We did not find fire extinguishers," he said. "We did not find any safety measures."

The latest fire came in the wake of a Nov. 24 fire at Bangladesh's Tazreen Fashions factory that killed 110 employees and left more than 200 injured.


Violence continues in Egypt

CAIRO, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- At least 31 people died and hundreds were injured in protests that erupted after an Egyptian court sentenced 21 people to death in Port Said, officials said.

Protesters in downtown Cairo threw rocks at security forces who responded with tear gas, Ahram Online said Sunday. Police shut down all roads and highways leading to Tahrir Square. The U.S. Embassy and the British Embassy closed offices for the day, CNN said.

The Egyptian army took control of the Suez Canal administration building and other government buildings, banks and courts in Port Said and secured water and power facilities in the city, Gen. Ahmed Mohammed Ali told CNN.

Violence erupted in the port city Saturday after a court sentenced 21 of 73 defendants to death on various charges including murder after 70 fans were killed during a soccer match last year. The court verdict sparked rage and sporadic gunfire in the port city, Ahram Online said.

Protesters also took to the streets Friday to mark the anniversary of the revolution, the Egyptian website said. Protests were reported in Alexandria and Suez as well as other areas in the country, where demonstrators focused their anger on President Mohamed Morsi, CNN said.

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