Islamabad: Eight people were killed in a massive explosion on a bus in Pakistan on Wednesday. In fact, at least eight people, including Chinese engineers, were killed and several others were injured in a bus carrying workers of the Dasu hydropower plant in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Upper Kohistan district.

Upper Kohistan Deputy Commissioner Arif Khan Yousafzai told the media that the incident took place around 7.30 am when a coaster was taking more than 30 workers from the Barisin camp to the plant site. He said foreign engineers, Frontier Corps personnel and local laborers were on board the bus at the time of the accident. Yousafzai said the cause of the blast was not known and rescue operations were on and police and rangers had cordoned off the site. Officials said that the injured have been admitted to the Upper Kohistan District Headquarters Hospital.

A senior police officer said it was not clear what caused the accident, adding that mobile networks were not working in the area making it difficult to get information. “At the moment, we are not clear what exactly happened, was it an explosion or an accident,” the official said. He said once the police complete the preliminary investigation, the situation will become clear.

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