Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Bangladesh bus in death plunge

A bus crash in Bangladesh has killed 16 people including children (AP)

A bus packed with Muslim pilgrims has plunged off a bridge into a muddy ditch in Bangladesh, killing at least 16 people.

The bodies recovered from the bus included children, local police officer Ranjit Kumar Barua said.

Rescuers took another 15 people who were injured to a hospital.

The accident happened in Cox's Bazar district, 185 miles south of the capital, Dhaka.

Mr Barua said the bus was carrying 43 people returning from the shrine of a local Muslim saint Mujibur Rahman Maizbhandari.

Road accidents kill about 10,000 people every year in Bangladesh, the government says, with crashes often blamed on dangerous driving and faulty vehicles.

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