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At least 123 killed in tanker fire near Bahawalpur

شعار Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 25/06/2017

At least 123 people have been burnt alive and dozens of others injured after an oil tanker caught fire and exploded near Bahawalpur in Pakistan's Punjab province.

The incident occurred on Sunday morning as a large number of people gathered to collect petrol from the tanker, according to rescue services.

Local sources told Al Jazeera that the victims were residents of nearby areas who were collecting fuel from the oil tanker, which had overturned after skidding off a national highway in Ahmed Pur Sharqia.

The injured were moved to Bahawalpur Victoria Hospital and other health facilities.

The death toll was expected to rise as many of the injured were reported to be in critical condition.

Fire brigade vehicles arrived at the site soon after the of the explosion and rescue operations were under way, the sources told Al Jazeera.

A large number of motorcycles and vehicles were destroyed by the fire.

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