123 killed in Pakistan tanker blast

Islamabad: At least 123 people were killed when an oil tanker exploded after it overturned in Pakistan’s Punjab province on Sunday morning, police said.

According to the police, people from nearby areas were collecting fuel from the oil tanker which had skidded off the highway and overturned in Bahawalpur city’s Ahmed Pur Sharqia area, reports The News International.

Over 70 others were injured. They were moved to Bahawalpur Victoria Hospital and other health facilities.

The toll may increase as many of the injured are said to be in critical condition, the police added.

The fire brigade arrived on the site of the incident shortly after the blaze started and rescue operations are underway, reports Dawn news.

Two fire engines battled the fire and eventually gained control over it.

Six cars and 12 motorcycles parked in the vicinity were also severely damaged.