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Seven killed in CNG cylinder explosion

27 November, 2012

LAHORE: At least seven people, including four members of the same family, were killed and four others injured after a passenger van's CNG cylinder exploded on Multan Road near Manga Mandi on Monday afternoon. The van was en route to Lahore from Sahiwal.

According to local police, the van carrying around 12 passengers caught fire after the explosion. They said at least seven people, including three men, two women and two children, died on the spot.

Rescue 1122 officials confirmed to our sources the CNG cylinder exploded when it stopped for a refill at a local fuel station, adding the cause of the blast was gas leakage.

The officials also said some witnesses told them the van caught fire after the cylinder exploded. According to APP, four people were injured, while the driver managed to escape. The vehicle has been impounded and the bodies were shifted to Jinnah Hospital, the officials added.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the accident and constituted a special committee headed by the transport secretary to investigate the incident. The committee will present its report to the CM today (Tuesday).

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