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Fire after bus blast, 4 dead

Jammu, May 13 (HP)

Four passengers were killed in a fire following a suspected explosion in a passenger bus coming to Jammu, just 2 km from Katra, the base camp of Vaishno Devi shrine. 20 were injured. At present the police is not saying anything.

There was a sudden explosion near Nomai in a moving bus carrying passengers going from Katra to Jammu, officials said. Of those who sustained burn injuries, 14 have been admitted to Narayana Hospital in Katra. The rest are being treated at the Community Health Center. Bus number JK 14/1831 must have moved forward only about one and a half kilometer from Katra when there was a sudden explosion in the bus and on seeing the bus turned into a ball of fire. According to Reasi SSP Amit Gupta, preliminary investigation revealed that the fire started rapidly after smoke rose from near the engine of the bus. The matter is under investigation. On the other hand, the passengers in the bus are saying that there was a huge explosion in the bus and on seeing it caught fire.

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