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Pakistan holds collective burial for 130 killed in fuel fire

Associated Press logo Associated Press 27/06/2017
People offer the funeral prayer of a victim of Sunday's fuel tanker fire incident at Ahmad Pur Sharqia near Bahawalpur, Pakistan, Monday, June 26, 2017. The Pakistani prime minister cut short a trip abroad to rush to the side of victims of the massive fuel tanker fire as authorities on Monday raised the death toll from the blaze to more than 155. (AP Photo/Iram Asim) © The Associated Press People offer the funeral prayer of a victim of Sunday's fuel tanker fire incident at Ahmad Pur Sharqia near Bahawalpur, Pakistan, Monday, June 26, 2017. The Pakistani prime minister cut short a trip abroad to rush to the side of victims of the massive fuel tanker fire as authorities on Monday raised the death toll from the blaze to more than 155. (AP Photo/Iram Asim)

MULTAN, Pakistan — Thousands of mourners in Pakistan have attended the collective funeral for 130 victims of a massive fuel tanker fire on a central highway earlier this week.

Police officer Raja Raffat says 125 of those buried on Tuesday were unidentified. The remaining five were people who had died of their wounds after the blaze.

Rescue official Mohammad Baqar says the death toll has reached 162.

He says the caskets of the unidentified victims were marked by numbers and that DNA tests would help identify them later.

The truck was travelling from the southern port city of Karachi to Lahore when the driver lost control and crashed early on Sunday. Scores of poor villagers rushed to the scene to collect the fuel for themselves when the spill ignited, engulfing people in flames.

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