Sharif heads home to visit tanker vic­tims

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

LAHORE: Pak­istani hos­pi­tals yes­ter­day strug­gled to treat scores of se­verely burned vic­tims of a fuel tanker ex­plo­sion that killed at least 146, as Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif re­turned from an over­seas trip to visit the in­jured.

More than 118 peo­ple were also in­jured in the ex­plo­sion in the eastern prov­ince of Pun­jab, which came as peo­ple were col­lect­ing fuel leak­ing on to the road af­ter the tanker over­turned on Sun­day, of­fi­cials and res­cue work­ers said.

The dis­as­ter was one of sev­eral deadly events to mar the run-up to to­day’s Eid-ul-Fitr hol­i­day mark­ing the end of the Mus­lim fast­ing month of Ra­madaan.

At least 65 peo­ple were killed in bomb­ings in two cities on Fri­day, claimed by Is­lamist mil­i­tants in­clud­ing the Pak­istani Tal­iban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

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