19 killed, 12 injured as bus falls into ditch in Pakistan

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The bus fell deep and overturned multiple times in the process, local media said…reports Asian Lite News

At least 19 passengers were killed and 12 others injured when a passenger bus fell into a ravine on Sunday near Sherani district of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, local media reported.

The incident took place near Dana Sar area of the district along the border with northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after the driver lost control due to over-speeding amid rain, Xinhua news agency reported, citing local media reports.

The bus fell deep and overturned multiple times in the process, local media said.

The victims were shifted to local hospitals, police told local media, adding that more deaths were possible as some of the injured were in critical condition.

Over 30 passengers were on the bus which was heading to Balochistan’s provincial capital Quetta from the country’s capital Islamabad.

Meanwhile, a health worker of a polio eradication team was critically injured in a firing by unknown gunmen in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, local media reported.

The incident took place on Sunday in the tribal district of North Waziristan where the gunmen fired bullets at the team working on a polio eradication drive to administer polio vaccines in the area, said the report on Sunday.

The attackers fled the spot after policemen escorting the polio workers fired back, Xinhua news agency reported.

The injured person was shifted to hospital, the report added.

It was the second attack on polio workers during the last few days. On Tuesday, three people, including two policemen and a polio worker, were killed in a similar incident in the area.

The anti-polio drive was temporarily suspended in the area following Tuesday’s attack, but started again after health workers expressed willingness to continue the door-to-door campaign to inoculate local children aged below five years.

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