5 die, 8 injured in van CNG kit explosion

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Staff Report

KASHMORE

At least five people were killed including two children and two women on Tuesday after the gas cylinder of a passenger van exploded on National Highway near the toll plaza in Kashmore.

According to reports, eight others suffered burn as the van travelling from Kandhkot to Kashmore caught fire.

Police said the injured have been shifted to a burns ward in Rahim Yar Khan due to the unavailability of one in Kashmore.

Initial reports suggest that the fire erupted due to the CNG cylinders fitted in the van.

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in an explosion of gas cylinder in passenger van on Indus Highway near Kashmore Tuesday morning.

He also extended his condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured in the incident.

Earlier, this year, eight children suffered burns as their school van caught fire near the metropolis’ Orangi Town area.

Fourteen children were en route to their school located in Nazimabad when the van caught fire near Qatar Hospital in Orangi Town.