120 killed and over 100 injured in oil tanker explosion in eastern Pakistani city

An oil tanker crashed and went up in flames outside an eastern Pakistani city this morning (Sunday). Villagers nearby reportedly crowded around in an attempt to collect fuel leaking from the tanker when it caught on fire, killing 120 and injuring over 100 people.

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At least 120 people have been killed and 130 injured in an oil truck explosion in eastern Pakistan, officials in the Asian country said Sunday morning. The explosion occurred after the truck tipped over and crashed while driving along a sharp turn on a road near the city of Ahmedpur East.

In a statement, Punjab district’s Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif expressed grief over the fatal incident and the loss of life, promising to investigate the incident. "CM expressed sympathy and condolence with the bereaved families and directed the administration to provide best medical facilities to the injured persons,” read the statement.

According to eyewitnesses and rescue personnel, a large crowd of people crowded nearby to collect leaking fuel when it went up in flames.                                    

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