Passenger bus catches fire in Kazakhstan's Aktau region, 52 dead

Lloyd Doyle
January 19, 2018

At least 52 people were killed in a bus fire in northwestern Kazakhstan, the country's Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

"Five passengers managed to escape with injuries". "The rest died on the spot", the ministry said, without elaborating on the cause of the blaze. Five passengers received medical assistance. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev sent a telegram of condolences to Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev saying he was "sharing the irreplaceable loss".

The route is widely used to transport Uzbek migrant workers to and from Russian Federation.

The governmental commission in cooperation with the representatives of Kazakhstan will be responsible for establishment of reasons of the accident and identities of the citizens of Uzbekistan killed in the bus fire.

Kazakhstan's latest official statement said the bus could carry up to 59 passengers.

Uzbekistan's foreign ministry said embassy staff were on the way to the area.

In footage posted online the bus can be seen positioned diagonally across a highway on a snow covered steppe, engulfed in flames and black smoke.

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