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Deaths reported in blaze on Indian train

At least nine reported killed as fire engulfs three carriages of train travelling from Mumbai to city of Dehradun.

Last updated: 08 Jan 2014 03:35
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At least nine people were killed in an Indian train fire, reports said, just a week after 26 were killed in a train inferno in southeast India.

The fire ripped through three coaches of a train travelling from Mumbai to the northern city of Dehradun, resulting in thick smoke inside the airtight compartments while passengers were asleep.

"Three coaches caught fire this morning. All the passengers have been evacuated. At this time we cannot speculate the reason for the fire," senior Indian railways official Sharat Chandryan told a local television station.

More to follow.


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