updated 3/2/2006 7:18:07 AM ET 2006-03-02T12:18:07

Rescuers pulled out a man alive from rubble five days after a building collapsed in Bangladesh’s capital, killing at least 21, a rescue official said Thursday.

Rescuers sifting through slabs of concrete and twisted rods overnight Wednesday heard shouts for help and pulled out a construction worker from the ground floor of the five-story building, said Lt. Col. Mehedi Hasan, an army officer supervising the rescue.

“We heard faint sounds and shut off all equipment for silence. We finally located him and carefully cut through the concrete ... to get him out,” Hasan said. “It’s more than a miracle.”

Nikhil Sujon, 22, who had a crushed forearm and was weak from his ordeal, was taken to a military hospital for treatment.

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