Friday, November 1, 2019

74 die, many wounded in Pakistan train fire

At least 74 people have died and many wounded after a train travelling between the Pakistani cities of Karachi and Rawalpindi caught fire in the middle of its journey.

Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the fire started when a gas cylinder, which passengers were using to cook breakfast on board, exploded.

The huge blaze spread to at least three carriages.

According to officials cited in local media, many victims died as they tried to jump off the moving, burning train.

Another 40 people were injured. Officials say the number of victims may still rise.