Kazakhstan bus fire kills 52

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BY BBC NEWS,18TH JAN 2018-A bus has caught fire in north-western Kazakhstan, killing 52 people, the interior ministry has said.

Five people managed to get out and were treated by rescue workers on the spot, reports said.

The accident happened at 10:30 local time on Thursday (04:30 GMT) in the Irgiz district of Aktobe region.

The bus is thought to have been carrying Uzbek citizens to or from Russia along the Samara-Shymkent route, said local media.

The route is about 2,200km (1,300 miles) by road.

Uzbek migrant labourers frequently ply the route, said observers.

The emergency services ministry told AFP news agency that 55 passengers and two drivers had been aboard the bus.

“Five passengers received medical assistance. The remainder were killed,” it said in a statement.

Emergency officials have opened a telephone hotline for worried relatives.

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