[QODLink]
Central & South Asia

Dozens killed in Afghan bus crash

Bus crashes into wreckage of a fuel tanker left on road for several days after Taliban fighters opened fire on it.

Last Modified: 26 Apr 2013 17:16
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
The bus smashed into the truck and both vehicles burst into flames [Al Jazeera]

At least 30 people aboard a bus have died after it collided with the wreckage of a fuel tanker in southern Afghanistan, officials have said.

The battered vehicle was left in the middle of a narrow road on the border of Helmand and Kandahar provinces for several days after Taliban fighters opened fire on it. Police considered the area too dangerous to enter, the officials said.

Early on Friday, the bus smashed into the truck and both vehicles burst into flames, badly burning many of the bus passengers, according to Abdul Razaq, the provincial police chief of Kandahar.

Razaq said eight passengers were injured. Omar Zawak, the governor's spokesman in Helmand province, put the injury total at 11. Both said the casualties included men, women and children.

The bus began its journey in the capital of Helmand province and was scheduled to stop in Kandahar city, then travel north to Kabul.

146

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Colleagues of detained Al Jazeera journalists press demands for their release, 100 days after their arrest in Egypt.
Mehdi Hasan discusses online freedoms and the potential of the web with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
A tight race seems likely as 814 million voters elect leaders in world's largest democracy next week.
Featured
Venezuela's president lacks the charisma and cult of personality maintained by the late Hugo Chavez.
Despite the Geneva deal, anti-government protesters in Ukraine's eastern regions don't intend to leave any time soon.
Since independence, Zimbabwe has faced food shortages, hyperinflation - and several political crises.
After a sit-in protest at Poland's parliament, lawmakers are set to raise government aid to carers of disabled youth.
A vocal minority in Ukraine's east wants to join Russia, and Kiev has so far been unable to put down the separatists.
join our mailing list