42 killed by suspected gas explosion on a bus in Zimbabwe

No fewer than 42 people were killed when a bus exploded on Thursday in Zimbabwe. Authorities suspects a gas cylinder belonging to a passenger might have caused the accident.

"At the moment we know that more than 42 people died," police spokeswoman Charity Charamba told AFP news agency

"Our police officers are at the scene," Charamba added.

State-owned paper, Herald, said on its Twitter feed that "it is suspected a gas tank belonging to one of the passengers caused the inferno in the bus.

"Dozens have been confirmed dead and several others injured through burns."

Pictures showing the burnt-out wreckage of the vehicle was published by Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

It reported that injured survivors being treated at Gwanda town hospital alleged that a gas smell engulfed the bus after dark before the conductor switched on the lights and the bus caught fire.

ZBC also said about 30 people were injured, adding the vehicle was travelling from Zvishavane to the Beitbridge crossing via the town of Filabusi when the explosion happened.

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