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5 die after eating puffer fish in Sylhet

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Five people including two children died and 12 others fell sick today after eating puffer fish in Jaintapur upazila of Sylhet.

The deceased -- Abdur Rahim, 65, his son Suleman Miah, 26 and Lokman Miah, 20, Rahim Ahmed, 10, and Moni Ahmed, 7, -- were residents of Darbast Uttar Mile village.

The victims bought the puffer fish (locally known as patka fish) from a local market Monday evening and fell sick after eating the fish, Joynal Abedin, upazila chairman of Jaintapur, told our Sylhet correspondent

Later, they were taken to MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital where five of them died this morning, he said.

The law enforcers are investigating the incident, said Shafiul Kabir, officer-in-charge of Jaintapur Police Station.

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