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Pakistan fuel tanker inferno death toll tops 200

July 3, 2017 4:44 pm

The death toll from a lorry fire in Pakistan last week has risen sharply, with more than 200 people killed.

The tanker carrying fuel burst into flames near Ahmedpur East on 25 June.

Villagers had gathered, reportedly to collect fuel leaking from the crashed tanker, when it caught fire. Dozens are being treated in hospital.

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The death toll in the hours after the fire hit 150, but local officials now say it is at least 206, after more victims died in hospital.

The fire was sparked by a passer-by lighting a cigarette, a rescue services spokesman told the BBC.

Some of the victims may only be identified by DNA sampling, as the bodies were so badly burned in the incident, reports said.

A mass funeral for 125 of the victims was held last week.

Police sources told Pakistani news agency APP that the tanker had been transporting 25,000 litres (5,500 gallons) of fuel from Karachi to Lahore.

It appears the tanker blew a tyre while rounding a sharp bend in the road.

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