20 dead after train hits bus conveying Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan

Pakistani officials say a passenger train has crashed into a bus carrying Sikh pilgrims at an unmanned railway crossing in eastern Punjab province, killing at least 20 people.

The bus carrying the pilgrims were hit at an unmanned railway crossing by the Karachi bound Shah Hussain Express.

The pilgrims were travelling from Peshawar. Police have said there were 25-27 persons in the van at the time of the accident.

Pakistan railways official said railway and district rescue teams arrived at the spot to rescue the victims. The injured were taken to Sheikhupura Hospital and some are reported to be in critical condition.

According to the secretary-general of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee Sardar Amir Singh, the deceased belong to three or four families.. .

“Deeply saddened at the accident this afternoon at a railway crossing near Sheikhupura which resulted in the death of atleast 20 people, mainly Sikh pilgrims returning from Nankana Sahib. Have directed that proper medical care be provided to the injured,” Khan tweeted.

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