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153 killed in Pakistan tanker fire

153 killed in Pakistan tanker fire”

Over 120 people have been killed in Pakistan after an oil tanker caught fire and exploded.

About 50 people were killed in separate bomb attacks in Pakistan on Friday but there was no suggestion of an attack on Sunday.

Motorway police raced to the scene and tried to keep people away from the tanker, he said, adding that they were ignored as residents continued filling their containers with fuel.

Roads in the country were busier than usual because of the Eid holiday.

At least 123 people have died and scores more were injured in a fire that broke out after an oil tanker flipped over in central Pakistan early Sunday, an official said.

Most of the victims, who were taken to Bahawalpur's Victoria Hospital in south Punjab, suffered up to 80% burns.

Local police said initial investigation suggested that the fire was triggered after someone on the spot lit a cigarette. Their bodies were charred beyond recognition, BBC reported citing local media reports.

Several motorcycles that had carried villagers to the fuel spill were left charred at the site of the fire in Bahawalpur.

The fuel truck was traveling from the southern port city of Karachi to Lahore, the Punjab provincial capital, when the driver lost control and crashed on a highway outside Bahawalpur.

Army aviation helicopters had been sent for the evacuation of casualties to hospitals and burn centers, Ghafoor said.

Local news channels showed black smoke billowing into the sky and horrific images of scores of burned bodies, as well as rescue officials speeding the injured to hospital and army helicopters ferrying the wounded.

Rescue operations were underway as fire fighters battle to put out the fire.

Rescue sources said dozens of vehicles, including 75 motorbikes and four cars, were engulfed in the blaze that erupted in Pul Paka near the National Highway, an area located in the middle of the city.

"Someone should tell me about my beloved sons".

The dead included men, women and children.

The bodies are yet to identified since a lot of them are unrecognisable due to burn injuries.



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