Passengers cook breakfast on train in Pakistan, over dozen dead in fire mishap
A fire broke out on a train in Pakistan when a gas canister passengers were using to cook breakfast exploded, killing at least 13 people.
At least 13 people are dead in a fire on a train in Pakistan on Thursday morning. As per reports, a cooking-gas cylinder explosion on the Tezgam Express led to the fire, which engulfed three bogies, at Liaquatpur in Rahim Yar Khan in the south of Punjab province.
The explosion happened when some of the passengers were cooking breakfast on the train, said Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed. The train was travelling from Karachi to Rawalpindi.
More than a dozen are injured.
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To assist civil administration, Army troops including Doctors and paramedics moved to incident site for rescue and
relief operation. Army aviation helicopter flown from Multan to incident site to evacuate critical injured. pic.twitter.com/fJNIxZDY5t
“Two cooking stoves blew up. They were cooking, they had (cooking) oil which added fuel to fire,” Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told Geo television.
“Most deaths occurred from people jumping off the train,” he added.
According to the minister, people sneaking stoves onto trains in order to prepare meals on long journeys is a common problem in the country.
According to Baqir Husain, the head of the district rescue service, death toll could rise.