Pakistan: 70 passengers killed in a train caught fire

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Pakistani police reported 70 passengers killed when a train travelling from the Pakistani city of Karachi to Rawalpindi caught fire, this Thursday morning.

According to local media, the cause of the fire was due to the explosion of a gas cylinder being used by passengers preparing food.

The fire engulfed three carriages of Tezgam Express. Several victims died as they attempted to jump off the burning train.

The authorities also reported that around 40 people have reportedly been injured, and the number of dead may still grow.

“Two cooking stoves blew up. They were cooking, they had (cooking) oil which added fuel to fire,” Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, minister for railways, said.

“Passengers bringing stoves onto trains in order to cook meals on long journeys is a common problem,” the minister added.

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