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Ahmedpur Sharqia tragedy toll rises to 203

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 3, 2017 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
Posted: Jul 3, 2017 | Last Updated: 5 years ago

BAHAWALPUR: The death tally of the Ahmedpur Sharqia oil tanker tragedy mounted to 203 on Monday morning, Samaa reported.

An overturned oil tanker exploded in a huge fireball in Bahawalpur, killing at least 203 people and injuring scores as hoards of people rushed to scavenge for fuel.

The horrific early morning tragedy came hours before Pakistan was to celebrate festive occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramazan.

The tanker carrying 70,000 litres of fuel overturned on a main highway while travelling from Karachi to Lahore, near the town of Ahmedpur Sharqia in Punjab.

Details were sketchy but some witnesses suggested the tanker had suffered a tire burst, said regional police chief Raja Riffat.

The victims, who suffered burns, were shifted to different hospitals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP); of them most of the injured are in critical state. –SAMAA
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