Dozens dead as fuel tanker hits bus in Afghanistan

At least 35 people have been killed in Afghanistan when a fuel tanker collided with a passenger bus, causing a massive explosion, according to local officials.Sunday’s incident happened on a major highway connecting the southern province of Kandahar with the capital city of Kabul.Bismillah Afghanmal, provincial governor of Zabul province where the accident happened, told the AFP news agency that the passenger bus was on its way from Kandahar to Kabul when it collided with a fuel tanker in the Jildak area in Zabul.

“In the accident, 35 people were killed and more than 20 others were wounded,” he said.Ghulam Jilani Farahi, deputy police chief of Zabul, said authorities could identify only six bodies and the rest were completely burned, adding that the bus was carrying more than 60 people.

The driver of the oil tanker and a passenger died immediately after the truck burst into flames during the early morning hours on Sunday, officials said.The Kabul-Kandahar highway passes through areas prone to conflict and many drivers are known to drive at high speed in the hope of avoiding attacks.

Afghanistan has some of the world’s most dangerous roads, often in dilapidated condition, and traffic rules are seldom enforced.Many in the country rely on old and rickety passenger vehicles, meaning that high casualty accidents are common.


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