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Dozens Dead After Buses Collide In Pakistan

Prime minister expresses 'deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives'.

17/10/2016 5:46 PM AEDT | Updated 17/10/2016 5:46 PM AEDT
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Ambulances carry injured to hospital outside an air force base in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Militants in northwestern Pakistan attacked an air force base on the outskirts of Peshawar early Friday, triggering a shootout that left at least 20 wounded and six of the attackers dead, officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - At least 30 people were killed in Pakistan when two buses collided in southern Punjab province, police said on Monday.

Images from the crash site showed a bus on its side with its windows shattered, and another bus with its roof partly caved in.

Officials said the buses collided at about 6 a.m. near Rahim Yar Khan, a Punjab city about 373 miles south of provincial capital Lahore.

“Death toll has climbed to 30,” Hassan Iqbal, police inspector of Rahim Yar Khan, told Reuters.

Rescuers earlier said more than 30 people were injured in the crash.

Fatal road accidents are common in Pakistan, where traffic rules are rarely enforced and roads in many rural areas are poor.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office said he has “expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.”

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