ISLAMABAD, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Five people were killed and three others injured after a passenger bus caught fire on Friday in Pakistan's southwest Khuzdar district of Balochistan province, sources said.
Women and children were among the killed, sources in paramilitary troops in Khuzdar told Xinhua, adding that at least three others were critically injured.
The bus was on its way to the southern port city of Karachi from Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, when it caught fire due to a short circuit in the engine on a national highway in Khuzdar, the sources said.
Upon getting the information, rescue teams along with police rushed to the site for rescue and relief activities. Firefighters doused the fire before rescuing the injured and shifting them to a nearby hospital.
According to police, DNA tests will be conducted to identify the burnt bodies and then they will be handed over to their relatives.