123 killed in Pakistan tanker blast

At least 100 people were burnt to death and 40 others suffered serious injuries after an oil tanker caught fire in Bahawalpur city of Pakistan on Sunday, reports state media.

The tanker soon caught fire and exploded, resulting into death of over 100 people and injuring 75 persons.

According to eyewitnesses, several people were smoking near the place where the fuel was spilled, which could cause a fire.

It said dozens of vehicles iwere engulfed in flames. Bodies of numerous victims are charred beyond recognition.

Fire brigade vehicles arrived at the site soon after the of the explosion and rescue operations were under way, the sources told Al Jazeera. The highway is used by motorists who frequently travel between Bahawalpur and Lahore.

Rescue workers shifted the injured to the Bahawalpur Victoria hospital.

The wards in the hospital are being vacated for the injured.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has condemned the incident and demanded the authorities concerned to provide the relevant report.

  • Leroy Wright