Three executed for hotel blaze

China has executed three arsonists held responsible for a deadly hotel fire last year that killed 11 people and injured more than 30 others, state media reported.

CHINA - China yesterday executed three arsonists held responsible for a deadly hotel fire last year that killed 11 people and injured more than 30 others, state media reported.

The victims at the budget hotel in northeastern Jilin province - part of a chain called Home Inns - died of smoke inhalation after the fire started in a stairwell and sent thick plumes of smoke to the upper floors.

The Intermediate People's Court in Tonghua city - where the incident took place - said three people blamed for starting the fire had been sentenced to death and executed, Xinhua news agency reported.

It is not known why the three started the fire last year on May 1. The court was unavailable for comment when contacted by AFP and an official at Jilin's Superior Court said he was not aware of the case.

According to Amnesty International, China executes more people than the rest of the world put together, though it has reduced the number of offences punishable by death.

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