Several killed in gas canister blast and fire on Pakistan train

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A fire broke out on a train in Pakistan on Thursday when a gas canister used to cook food exploded, killing at least 10 people and leaving at least 15 injured, media reported, citing government and rescue officials.

The train was on its way from the southern city of Karachi to Lahore in the east when a fuel cylinder being used by passengers to cook breakfast exploded, Railways Minister Shaikh Rashid Ahmed said.

The fire that ignited after the explosion destroyed three of the train’s carriages near the town of Rahim Yar Khan in the south of Punjab province.

“The deaths of 10 passengers is confirmed but there are fears the toll can go up. Fifteen people are injured,” Baqir Husain, the head of the district rescue service, told Geo television.

He said some of the dead were killed when they jumped from the moving train to escape the flames.

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Pakistan’s colonial-era railway network has fallen into disrepair in recent decades due to chronic under-investment and poor maintenance.

At least 23 people were killed and 72 injured after a passenger train hit a stationary freight train also in Rahim Yar Khan in July. 

In 2016, at least 17 people were killed in a train collision in the city of Karachi.

About 130 people were killed in 2005 when a train rammed into another at a station in Sindh province, and a third train hit the wreckage.

Several killed in gas canister blast and fire on Pakistan train

A fire broke out on a train in Pakistan on Thursday when a gas canister used to cook food exploded, killing at least 10 people and leaving at least 15 injured, media reported, citing government and rescue officials.

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