Fire breaks out on Pakistani train, kills at least 42

Amman, At least 42 people were killed and several others injured as a massive fire broke out on a train in Pakistan on Thursday after a gas canister carried by a passenger exploded.

According to Reuters, Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told Geo television that two stoves blew up when people were cooking breakfast, while the presence of kerosene with the passengers in the moving train further spread the fire.

“Many of the dead were killed when they leapt from the moving train to escape the flames,” he added.

The minister said that people sneaking stoves onto trains to prepare meals on long journeys is a common problem.

Source: Jordan News Agency