Uzbeks dead in Kazakhstan bus fire

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 19, 2018

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has sent a letter of condolences to his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyev.

Fifty-two Uzbeks were killed Thursday when a Russia-bound bus they were travelling on caught fire in the central Asian country of Kazakhstan .

Only five people managed to escape the blaze, the Kazakh interior ministry said in a statement.

Two of the five survivors are Kazakh citizens who were taking turns to drive the bus and three others are from Uzbekistan, officials said.

He said the fire spread through the bus extremely quickly.

A photograph posted online showed the bus had been completely burnt out.

Uzbekistan's Emergency Situations Ministry on January 19 released what it called a preliminary list of victims.

"The bus was travelling along a road in Kazakhstan's north-western Aktau region that links the Russia" Russian city of Samara to Shymkent, a city in southern Kazakhstan close to the Uzbekborder, reported the Independent. 55 passengers and two drivers were on board.

It said all 31 men were from Uzbekistan's eastern province of Namangan.

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