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62 killed as moving train catches fire

 International Desk

 Published: 11:29 AM, 31 October 2019   Updated: 12:35 PM, 31 October 2019

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

At least 62  people were killed as three bogies of a train caught fire near Liaqatpur city in eastern Punjab province of Pakistan on Thursday morning, reported local media citing official. 

District commissioner of Rahim Yar Khan said that women and children are also amongst the victims. The dead and injured are being shifted to DHQ Hospital in Liaqatpur. 

Rescue teams have extinguished the fire and are now carrying out a cooling and search operation under the supervision of Rahim Yar Khan Deputy Commissioner Jamil Ahmed. Army troops including doctors and paramedics have also been dispatched to assist rescue teams in the operation, a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations said.

Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid said that the fire was caused by a cylinder blast that occurred in the morning when passengers were preparing their breakfast.  

Many people saved their lives by jumping off the train, the minister said, adding that all three of the bogies that caught fire were of the economy class. 

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his grief over the incident and directed authorities to provide the best medical treatment to the injured, Radio Pak said. He also extended his condolences to the families of the victims.