At Least 52 Uzbeks Killed In Kazakh Bus Fire

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Photo taken on January 18, 2018 shows a burnt bus in northwest Kazakhstan's Aktobe Region.

The bus was travelling along a road in Kazakhstan's north-western Aktau region that links the Russian city of Samara to Shymkent, a city in southern Kazakhstan close to the Uzbek border.

Only five people managed to get out of the bus, while all others were trapped inside and burned alive.

"According to information given by Kazakhstani authorities to the Armenian Embassy, there are no [ethnic] Armenians or citizens of Armenia among the victims of the Aktobe region bus crash", the ministry said on Twitter.

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Emergency officials in Kazakhstan have reported that at least 52 people were killed on January 18 after a bus burst into flames on the highway running north to south from Uzbekistan to Russian Federation.

He said the two bus drivers were among those who died in the inferno.

The cause of the fire wasn't immediately clear, but investigators suspect it was triggered by a short circuit. A photograph taken later showed the vehicle completely charred.

The tragedy, which struck in the area around the city of Aktobe, came less than three years after 16 people, including three children, died in the country when a minibus collided with a van on April 20, 2015.

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