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Updated: Jul 03, 2020 17:23 IST

The bus carrying the pilgrims was hit at an unmanned railway crossing by the Karachi bound Shah Hussain Express.
The bus carrying the pilgrims was hit at an unmanned railway crossing by the Karachi bound Shah Hussain Express. (ANI / Twitter)

Twenty people, mostly Sikh pilgrims, are feared dead in an accident between a bus and a train near Sheikhupura on Friday afternoon.

The bus carrying the pilgrims was hit at an unmanned railway crossing by the Karachi bound Shah Hussain Express. The pilgrims were travelling from Peshawar. Police have said there were 27 persons in the van at the time of the accident.

Ghazi Salahuddin, the district police chief, was quoted by news agency Associated Press saying that the dead and injured were transported to a nearby hospital.

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan said that the sikh pilgrim were returning from Nankana Sahib. He also said that the injured will be provided with proper medical care.

“Deeply saddened at the accident this afternoon at a railway crossing near Sheikhupura which resulted in the death of atleast 20 people, mainly Sikh pilgrims returning from Nankana Sahib. Have directed that proper medical care be provided to the injured,” Khan tweeted.

Officials said the Sikh pilgrims were from the northwestern city of Peshawar, reported news agency Associated Press.

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