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Pakistan: 22 wedding guests killed in rickshaw accident

AFP/Peshawar, Pakistan
Filed on November 11, 2020
A family travel on a rickshaw along a street in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Photo for illustrative purposes only.

(AFP)

The victims were from the same extended family, and at least seven of them were from the same household.

Twenty-two wedding guests were killed when the rickshaw they were riding in fell into a canal in north-western Pakistan, police said Wednesday at the end of a recovery mission.

The three-wheeler was overloaded with 29 people when the accident happened on Monday, near the city of Dera Ismail Khan.

"We have recovered 22 bodies which include 16 women and six children", Muhammad Ramzan, a senior police official, told AFP.

The victims were from the same extended family, and at least seven of them were from the same household, he added.

Seven people were rescued.

Bilal Muhammad Faizi, a spokesman for the local rescue agency, confirmed the death toll and said the last bodies were retrieved on Wednesday.

Rickshaws are a common mode of transport across Pakistan, and accidents occur frequently.





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