Atleast 65 people dead after a packed Pakistan passenger train blew up into flames

Not less than 65 people have died and many more injured in Pakistan after a packed passenger train blew up and bursted into flames.

This is said to be due to the explosion of a cooking gas canister.

Three of the train carriages were destroyed. The incident happened close to Rahim Yarkhan town in the South of Punjab province.

 

At least 65 dead in Pakistan after a packed passenger train blew up and burst into flames

 

Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told Geo TV: “Two cooking stoves blew up. They were cooking, they had (cooking) oil which added fuel to fire.

 

He added: “Most deaths occurred from people jumping off the train.”

 

At least 65 dead in Pakistan after a packed passenger train blew up and burst into flames

Officials have said many more people are injured, some in a critical condition.

 

Punjab health minister Dr Yasmin Rashid told AFP that more than 40 injured people were being transported to local hospitals.

 

Authorities have warned the death toll could still rise, with the military drafted in to help rescue efforts.

 

At least 65 dead in Pakistan after a packed passenger train blew up and burst into flames

The Minister said, people sneaking in stoves to cook in long journey is a common problem.

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