Minibus fire kills 17 after road crash in Bangladesh

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DHAKA, March 26 (Xinhua) — At least 17 people were killed when a minibus caught fire after ramming into a bus on a highway in Bangladesh’s Rajshahi city, some 256 km west of the capital Dhaka, on Friday, a senior police official said.

Rajshahi Metropolitan Police’s Chief Information Officer Md Golam Ruhul Quddus told Xinhua that the head-on collision between the passenger bus and the minibus also left some passengers critically injured.

He said the minibus caught fire in the accident and its passengers were unable to exit.

All the injured were rushed to a local hospital, he said, adding that the cause of the accident was under investigation.

According to the official, bodies of 11 minibus passengers were recovered from the spot.

He said eight people were taken to a hospital, some of them in critical condition, following the crash. Six of them succumbed to their injuries later at the hospital, he added. Enditem

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