The sojourn of these 52 people on earth have ended abruptly after they were killed on Thursday in a bus fire in Kazakhstan.

The bus they were travelling on caught fire and spread quickly. 

Only five of the 57 people on board managed to survive, the central Asian nation’s emergency services ministry said in a statement.

“On January 18 at 10:30 am (0430 GMT), a bus caught fire … 55 passengers and two drivers were on board. Five people who managed to escape are receiving medical assistance. The rest died on the spot,” the ministry said, without elaborating on the cause of the blaze.

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The bus driver said the passengers were Uzbek nationals while the vehicle was registered in Kazakhstan, emergency services ministry official, Ruslan Imankulov, told AFP.

He said the fire spread through the bus extremely quickly.

The tragedy, which struck in the area around the city of Aktobe, came less than three years after 16 people, including three children, died in the country when a minibus collided with a van on April 20, 2015.


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