Pakistan fire: Shopping centre blaze kills at least 10 people and injures more than 20 others in Karachi

At least 10 people have been killed and 22 injured after a fire tore through a shopping centre in Pakistan's largest city.

The deadly blaze is reported to have broken out at the multi-storey RJ Mall in Karachi early on Saturday morning.

The centre is located in a commercial block that also houses call centres and software firms.

In an update on social media confirming the number of casualties, Karachi mayor Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui said: "Fire had been extinguished & cooling process is going on."

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The cause of the blaze was not immediately clear.

Karachi is the capital of the southern province of Sindh, where such incidents are common.

Back in April, a blaze at a clothing factory killed four firefighters.

In August 2021, at least 10 people died in a fire at a chemical factory in the same city.

In the deadliest such incident, more than 260 people were killed after being trapped inside a garment factory when a fire broke out in 2012.