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Bangladesh Factory Collapse Death Toll Tops 1,000

The death toll in Bangladesh's worst industrial disaster on Friday soared past 1,000 after more bodies were found in the rubble of a collapsed nine-storey building housing clothing factories outside the capital Dhaka.Army spokesman Capt. Shahnewaz Zakaria told AFP that the "death toll now stands at 1,006" as the recovery operation entered its 17th day since the building caved in at Savar town, 30 kilometres (20 miles) southwest of Dhaka.Capt. Zakaria said recovery workers armed with "cranes, bulldozers and excavators" had pulled out 130 bodies from the rubble since 6:00 a.m. Thursday as more bodies were found in the lower floors.Some of the bodies, which are badly decomposed, could be identified by mobile phones in their pockets or factory identity cards around their neck, he said. "Of the total dead, most are female garment workers."More than 3,000 garment workers were in the building's five garment factories which made clothing for Western retailers such as Benetton, Mango and Primar...

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