Oil tanker explosion kills 123 in Pakistan


Multan: At least 123 people have been killed and scores more were injured in a major fire outbreak after an oil tanker flipped over in central Pakistan early Sunday, an official said.

“At least 123 people have been killed and more than 100 wounded in a fire which erupted after an oil tanker turned over and victims rushed to collect spilt fuel,” senior local government official Rana Mohammad Saleem Afzal told state television.

There was no immediate confirmation from officials on the cause of the accident or the fire after the tragic incident occurred early Sunday near the town of Ahmedpur East, some 670 kilometres (416 miles) south of the capital Islamabad.


At least 62 people including women and children were killed in southern Pakistan in 2015 when their bus collided with an oil tanker, starting a fierce blaze that left victims burnt beyond recognition.


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