17 children dead in Pakistan bus explosion

Seventeen Pakistani children burnt to death when a gas cylinder exploded. Credit: Reuters

Seventeen Pakistani children burnt to death on Saturday when a gas cylinder on the bus taking them to school exploded, media said.

Ten children were injured in the blaze on the outskirts of Gujrat, 100 miles (170 km) southeast of Islamabad, DawnNews said.

Many vehicles in Pakistan are powered by compressed natural gas Credit: Reuters

Many vehicles in energy-starved Pakistan are powered by relatively cheap compressed natural gas and cylinder blasts are common.

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Pakistan school bus fire

At least 16 children were killed after their school bus burst into flames on the outskirts of the Pakistani city of Gujrat. Unconfirmed reports said a gas canister on board the bus had caused an explosion.