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21 Sikh pilgrims die as bus rams into train in Pakistan


Lahore, July 3

At least 21 Pakistani Sikh pilgrims returning from Nankana Sahib were killed on Friday when the driver of the minibus they were travelling in reportedly tried to take a shortcut to avoid a railway crossing and rammed the vehicle into a passenger train in the country’s Punjab province, officials said.

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According to the Evacuee Trust Property Board, which looks after the minority affairs, 22 persons, including 21 Sikhs — 11 men, nine women and a child from Peshawar — lost their lives in the collision in Shjiekhupura. A Muslim man has also been killed in the incident. The minibus carrying around 26 Sikh pilgrims, all from Peshawar, hit the Lahore-bound Shah Hussain Express, which was coming from Karachi, at a crossing near Sheikhupura district around 1.30 pm. At least five persons were hurt in the accident. — PTI


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