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Bus, fuel tanker collision kills 35 in Afghanistan: officials

At least 35 people were killed early on Sunday when a passenger bus struck a fuel tanker in a head-on collision in the southern province of Zabul, officials said.

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“The passenger bus was on its way from Kandahar to Kabul when it collided with a fuel tanker. In the accident, 35 people were killed and more than 20 others were wounded,” Zabul’s Governor Bismillah Afghanmal said.

Deputy police chief of Zabul, Ghulam Jilani Farahi, said some of the wounded were rushed to the hospital in the provincial capital Qalat and some to neighbouring Kandahar.

The Kabul-Kandahar highway is affected by insurgency and those who drive through the area normally do so at very high speeds so as to avoid the militants.

At least 73 people were killed in May when two passenger buses and a fuel tanker collided and burst into flames in eastern Ghazni province, which is labelled as one of the worst accidents in the country. In April 2013, another collision killed 45 people in Kandahar province. Afghanistan has some of the most dangerous roads in the world, often in poor condition and traffic rules are seldom observed.

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