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More than 120 killed in Pakistan tanker explosion

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More than 120 killed in Pakistan tanker explosion

<p>At least 123 people are now known to have died after a petrol tanker exploded in Pakistan.</p> <p>The tragedy happened near the city of Bahawalpur, where people had gathered around the overturned tanker, some attempting to retrieve some of the petrol. </p> <p>As well as those killed, more than 80 people were injured, many in a critical condition. It is feared the death toll could rise further. </p> <p>Some initial reports from the scene said someone had tried to light a cigarette, igniting some of the spilt petrol.</p> <p>“Locals and passersby had started gathering fuel when the tanker exploded, burning everybody,” said provincial government spokesman Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan.</p> <p>Traffic police had tried to keep the crowd away from the tanker. </p> <p>It took firefighters more than two hours to extinguish the flames.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">120+ people killed in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Pakistan?src=hash">#Pakistan</a> lorry blast & fire accident<br /> <br /> Locals & passersby gathered to collect fuel from broken down tanker <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bahawalpur?src=hash">#Bahawalpur</a> <a href="https://t.co/Ma7Zz3ifsy">pic.twitter.com/Ma7Zz3ifsy</a></p>— Osama Bin Javaid (@osamabinjavaid) <a href="https://twitter.com/osamabinjavaid/status/878833960469516290">25 juin 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bahawalpur?src=hash">#Bahawalpur</a> <br /> Smoking kills <a href="https://t.co/tXYIF7uObo">pic.twitter.com/tXYIF7uObo</a></p>— arslan (@TheArslanRana) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheArslanRana/status/878843958046208000">25 juin 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Serious burn victims, several in critical condition, were airlifted by helicopter to hospitals in Bahawalpur and nearby cities for treatment.</p> <p>The prime minister’s office said the Punjab provincial government had been directed to provide full medical assistance.</p> <p>Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif expressed “deep grief” over the heavy loss of life.</p> <p>Police say the tanker had been carrying 25,000 litres (5,500 gallons) of fuel and was on its way to Lahore from Karachi.</p>