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At least 38 killed in Afghanistan road accident

The Kabul-Kandahar highway passes through areas prone to militancy and many drivers are known to drive rashly to avoid insurgent activity. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Kabul, Afghanistan Sep 04, 2016, 12.21 PM (IST)
At least 38 people were killed and 28 injured in Afghanistan after a fuel tanker collided with a passenger bus carrying more than 60 people on the accident-prone Kabul-Kandahar highway which connects the southern province of Kandahar with the capital city of Kabul. 

The driver of the oil tanker and a co-passenger died immediately after the tanker burst into flames during the early morning hours of Sunday.  

Several women and children were among the victims who were charred to death.

The authorities could identify only six bodies and the rest were totally burnt, said Ghulam Jilani Farahi, deputy police chief of Zabul province.

The Kabul-Kandahar highway passes through areas prone to militancy and many drivers are known to drive at top speeds in hopes of avoiding insurgent activity.

Afghanistan has some of the world's most dangerous roads, often in dilapidated condition, and traffic rules are seldom enforced.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)
 
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