At least 123 people have been burnt alive and dozens of others injured after an oil tanker caught fire and exploded near Bahawalpur in Pakistan's Punjab province.
The incident occurred on Sunday morning as a large number of people gathered to collect petrol from the vehicle, according to rescue services.
Local sources told Al Jazeera that most of the victims were residents of nearby areas who were collecting fuel from the oil tanker, which had overturned after skidding off a national highway in Ahmed Pur Sharqia.
Fire brigade vehicles arrived at the site soon after the of the explosion and rescue operations were under way, the sources told Al Jazeera.
Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder, reporting from Pakistan's Islamabad, said the tanker turned over on a "main logistical supply" route and "a large number of people rushed to the scene and started to collect fuel" that was spilling from the truck.. Tags: #
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