Six children among 13 burnt to death in Pakistan road accident

Lahore: At least 13 people, including six children, were charred to death on Wednesday in an explosion caused by collision between a gas tanker and a speeding car near Nankana Sahib in Pakistan's largest province of Punjab.

The incident occurred in Manawala area of Sheikhupura when the car of an assistant sub-inspector and a constable collided with a liquefied petroleum gas tanker and caught fire.

A rickshaw carrying 10 school children was also set ablaze while passing on the same road, rescue workers said, resulting in the death of six students.

Shops in the surrounding area caught fire and pedestrians were sprayed with petroleum.

"13 people including six children were killed and 20 suffered injuries," rescue official Jam Sajjad said. Twelve people have been seriously injured and they were transferred to a nearby hospital. All the bodies have been burnt and some of them were burnt beyond recognition, rescue official Muhammad Azam said.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has ordered probe into the incident and announced compensation for the victim families.

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