71 killed by ex­plod­ing stove

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A MAS­SIVE fire caused by a cook­ing gas stove on a train in Pak­istan has killed at least 71 pas­sen­gers, of­fi­cials said.

Flames roared through the car­riages as the train ap­proached the town of Li­aquat­pur in Pun­jab, in the lat­est tragedy to hit the coun­try’s di­lap­i­dated, poorly main­tained and mis­man­aged rail sys­tem.

Deputy com­mis­sioner Jamil Ahmed said the death toll had risen steadily, after the fire broke out when a gas stove ex­ploded as break­fast was be­ing pre­pared on board.

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