Pakistan school bus fire kills 16 children

Pakistan school bus fire kills 16 children

At least 16 children and their teacher have been killed when their school bus caught fire in eastern Pakistan, police say.

At least seven more children were taken to hospital after the incident on the outskirts of the city of Gujrat.

It’s not clear how the fire broke out. Early reports that a gas cylinder exploded have been discounted.

The bus driver is reported to have survived, but is being sought by police after leaving the scene.

The children, aged between four and 10, were just a few kilometres from their school in Gujrat, about 200km (120 miles) south-east of the capital Islamabad, when the incident happened.

Police officer Dar Ali Khattak told the AFP news agency the fire was apparently caused by a spark when the driver of the dual-fuel bus switched from gas to petrol.

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