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At least 75 killed as train catches fire in Punjab

At least 75 killed as train catches fire in Punjab

Oct 31, 2019 - 13:25

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Seventy-five people were killed and many others injured when an express train caught fire in Pakistaninfo-icon’s Punjab province on Thursday, officials said.

At least three bogeys of the express train, which was on its way from the port city of Karach to Rawalpindi, caught fire in the Liaquatpur of Rahim Yar Khan district.

Many of the injured remain in critical condition, the district government said. But Punjab Healthinfo-icon Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid put the toll at more than 65 dead and 40 others injured.

The fire was caused by a cylinder blast at a time when passengers were preparing their breakfast, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid said. Many people saved their lives by jumping off the train.

Rescue 1122 teams extinguished the fire and are now carrying out a cooling and search operation. Army troops, doctors and paramedics were dispatched to assist rescue teams.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was "deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy of the Tezgam train".

"My condolences go to the victims' families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. I have ordered an immediate inquiry to be completed," he tweeted.

Identities of the deceased were not immediately known. At least 16 bodies were charred beyond recognition. 

The coach, in which the cylinder exploded, had been booked by Taleeghi Jamaat’s men. They were boiling eggs on a gas stove, which exploded with a huge bang. After the explosion, the raging fire engulfed two other coaches.



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