Gas cylinder explosion kills 9 in Pakistan, 5 injured

Pakistan: At least nine people were killed and three others injured when the gas cylinder of a passenger van exploded in the Gujranwala district of Pakistan's east Punjab territory on Sunday night, according to international media reports. The injured people were also shifted to a hospital where their condition is said to be critical, the report adds.

The van caught fire following the explosion, killing five people at the spot while four others succumbed to injuries in hospital, the report said.  Firefighters rushed to the site to douse the fire and recovered the bodies of the dead. Vehicles in Punjab are allowed to run on gas cylinders, but the poorly maintained old vehicles often pose a danger for the passengers.

Hospital officials said that the injured got serious wounds as they were buried under debris. The blast also destroyed four other shops and spread fear among citizens, The explosion occurred when workers were using a welding machine to repair a gas cylinder brought by some customer. The deceased included five Afghan nationals and three locals, the reports added.

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