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13 killed in Dasu hydropower plant bus explosion

28 Chinese nationals injured

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 14, 2021 | Last Updated: 5 months ago
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Posted: Jul 14, 2021 | Last Updated: 5 months ago

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At least 13 people, including nine Chinese nationals, died and over 20 injured in an explosion inside a bus carrying workers to the Dasu Dam site in Upper Kohistan Wednesday morning. "The blast sparked a fire in the engine plunging the vehicle into a ravine, a local government official told AFP, requesting not be named. He said a further 28 Chinese nationals were injured. The people killed include Chinese engineers, surveyors, and mechanical staff. Security forces and rescue teams have reached the site and have cordoned it off. An operation is underway to retrieve the bodies. A senior local police official, who also asked not to be named, confirmed the incident and said "it was a heavy blast but its nature is not known yet". The Chinese embassy in Pakistan posted a statement on Wednesday, saying that "a certain project of a Chinese firm in Pakistan suffered an attack, which caused the deaths of Chinese nationals". It instructed Chinese firms to strengthen their security procedures. Condemning the attack, China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian urged Pakistan to "severely punish" the perpetrators "and earnestly protect the safety of Chinese nationals, organisations, and projects" in the country. Beijing has poured in tens of billions of dollars in recent years, and large numbers of Chinese nationals are now based in the country to supervise and build infrastructure projects. With additional input from AFP. Follow SAMAA English on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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At least 13 people, including nine Chinese nationals, died and over 20 injured in an explosion inside a bus carrying workers to the Dasu Dam site in Upper Kohistan Wednesday morning.

“The blast sparked a fire in the engine plunging the vehicle into a ravine, a local government official told AFP, requesting not be named.

He said a further 28 Chinese nationals were injured. The people killed include Chinese engineers, surveyors, and mechanical staff.

Security forces and rescue teams have reached the site and have cordoned it off. An operation is underway to retrieve the bodies.

A senior local police official, who also asked not to be named, confirmed the incident and said “it was a heavy blast but its nature is not known yet”.

The Chinese embassy in Pakistan posted a statement on Wednesday, saying that “a certain project of a Chinese firm in Pakistan suffered an attack, which caused the deaths of Chinese nationals”.

It instructed Chinese firms to strengthen their security procedures.

Condemning the attack, China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian urged Pakistan to “severely punish” the perpetrators “and earnestly protect the safety of Chinese nationals, organisations, and projects” in the country.

Beijing has poured in tens of billions of dollars in recent years, and large numbers of Chinese nationals are now based in the country to supervise and build infrastructure projects.

With additional input from AFP.

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