Dozens dead in Pakistan after gas explosion sparks fire on passenger train

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More than 70 passengers in Pakistan have lost their lives after a train they were travelling on caught fire.

The train which was moving between the Pakistani cities of Karachi to Rawalpindi caught fire after a gas cylinder being used by the passengers in preparing breakfast exploded, ABC News can report.

Reports indicates that the blaze spread to at least three carriages. Many of the victims died as they tried to jump off the burning train.

The accident which happened near the town of Rahim Yar Khan in the south of Punjab province have also left about 40 other people injured.

Information gathered by ABC News indicates that many of the passengers were pilgrims heading to Raiwind near Lahore for one of Pakistan’s largest annual religious congregations, organised by the Tablighi Jamaat Sunni Muslim missionary movement.

District deputy commissioner Jamil Ahmed said some of the victims were burnt beyond recognition and they will have to resort to DNA tests to be able to identify victims who lost their lives to the fire.

Prime Minister Imran Khan  has however ordered an enquiry into circumstances that led to the accident.

Source: ABCNewsgh.com

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