At Least 52 Uzbeks Killed In Kazakh Bus Fire

52 people killed in Kazakhstan bus fire

52 people killed in Kazakhstan bus fire

"Five passengers, who managed to escape, are undergoing medical treatment, while other 52, including two drivers, died", Imankulov added.

A picture provided by the Kazakh emergency situations ministry shows the burning bus on a road in the Aktobe region. "The rest died on the spot", the ministry said, without elaborating on the cause of the blaze.

The incident happened at 10.30 a.m. local time on Thursday morning in the Irgiz district of Aktobe region, the BBC reported.

He said the blaze spread very quickly through the bus - an Ikarus model made in Hungary.

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MOSCOW (AP) - A bus fire in Kazakhstan killed 52 people on Thursday in a vast snow-covered steppe, officials said.

One of the drivers said the passengers were Uzbek nationals and the vehicle was registered in Kazakhstan, ministry official Ruslan Imankulov told AFP.

The bus was driving up north from Shymkent in southern Kazakhstan near the border with Uzbekistan.

It was unclear in which direction the bus had been travelling, but the route is widely used to transport Uzbek migrant workers to and from Russian Federation where they often take on work on building sites.

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