An exploding gas canister was believed to be the cause as the train was engulfed in flames while passengers cooked breakfast. The blaze was thought to have spread to at least three carriages. Local reports suggest many of the victims died as they tried to jump off the burning wreckage. Another 40 people were injured, according to the BBC, amid fears the death toll may still rise.
But other reports from the scene suggest electrical problems could have been the cause. Several survivors have reportedly said they believed a short-circuit on board may have been to blame. Related articles
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Cooking stoves are a common problem for train services in Pakistan, according to railways minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.He added: Two cooking stoves blew up. They were cooking, they had (cooking) oil which added fuel to fire.District deputy commissioner Jamil Ahmed said some of the victims could not be identified due to the burning, and they would need to use DNA to find out who had died.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy on Twitter, adding that he had ordered an immediate inquiry.
Pakistan train: Exploding gas canister thought to be the cause (Image: getty)
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