Secretary-General laments loss of life in Pakistan tanker explosion tragedy

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Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré (file)

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has extended his condolences to the people and government of Pakistan following a deadly tanker truck explosion on Sunday.

It is estimated that 150 people were killed and another 100 injured in the incident, which took place near the city of Ahmedpur East in Punjab's Bahawalpur district.

Dianne Penn reports.

The UN chief was saddened to learn of the large number of deaths and injuries caused by the explosion, according to a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

The oil tanker reportedly was carrying over 5,000 gallons of fuel when it overturned and caught fire before exploding.

The deaths and injuries occurred when villagers reportedly rushed to the scene to collect some of the spilled fuel.

The Secretary-General extended his condolences to the people and Government of Pakistan, and also wished the injured a speedy recovery. 

The UN stands ready to support the authorities with any assistance they may require, the statement concluded.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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