At least 36 people have been killed, after a passenger bus collided with a fuel tanker, causing a large fire, on a road in southern Afghanistan.
A passenger bus and fuel tanker have collided in southern Afghanistan, leaving at least 36 people dead.
The bus was travelling from Kandahar to Kabul when the accident took place in the Jildak area of Zabul province.
Many of the dead, including women and children, were charred beyond recognition in the inferno. At least 25 people were also injured.
The injured were taken to Zabul’s capital, Qalat, and to Kandahar province. Some are in critical condition.
Afghanistan has a bad traffic accident record, with many poorly maintained roads and vehicles.
Gul Islam Seyal, spokesman for the provincial governor in Zabul, accused the drivers of both vehicles of recklessness.
The Kabul-Kandahar road is prone to militant activity and some drivers increase speed to avoid involvement.