At least 20 pilgrims killed in Pakistan bus crash

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A bus crammed with pilgrims coming back from a religious festival crashed in southwest Pakistan on Friday killing at least 20 and leaving 10 others critically injured.

The bus careened off the road into a ditch in the Karkh area of Khuzdar district in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan.

“The bus was overloaded, and passengers were even traveling on the roof of the bus,” a Pakistani security official in the area told Reuters after paramilitary forces and soldiers were sent to help the survivors.

“We have received 20 bodies and over 40 injured in Khuzdar district hospital,” Dr. Manzoor Zahir told Reuters, adding that the condition of at least 10 of the injured was serious and the death toll could increase.

Deputy Commissioner Khuzdar Bashir Ahmed told Reuters the victims were pilgrims who were returning from attending a religious festival honouring a local Muslim saint, and the victims were from the province of Sindh. Ahmed said all the dead were males.

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