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11 die in Pakistan kite festival

The spring festival is traditionally celebrated with the flying of thousands of colourful kites [AP]

At least 11 people have died and more than 100 injured at an annual kite flying festival in eastern Pakistan.

The spring festival is traditionally celebrated with the flying of thousands of colorful kites.

The deaths and injuries were caused by stray bullets, sharpened kite-strings, electrocution and people falling off rooftops at the conclusion of the two-day Basant festival on Sunday, Ruqia Bano, spokeswoman for the emergency services in the city of Lahore, said on Monday.

The festival is regularly marred by casualties caused by sharp kite strings or celebratory gunshots fired into the air.

Kite flyers often use strings made of wire or coated with ground glass to try to cross and cut a rival’s string or damage the other kite, often after betting on the outcome.

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