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Bus crash kills 45 in Afghanistan

Police inspected a bus that collided with the wreckage of a tanker that had been attacked by the Taliban days earlier.

ABDUL MALIK /Reuters

Police inspected a bus that collided with the wreckage of a tanker that had been attacked by the Taliban days earlier.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A bus collided on Friday with the wreckage of a truck that had been attacked by Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan, killing 45 people aboard the bus in a fiery crash, officials said.

The battered oil tanker had been left in the middle of a narrow road near the border of Kandahar and Helmand provinces for several days after insurgents attacked it. Police considered the area too dangerous to enter, the officials said.

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Before sunrise Friday, the bus smashed into the truck and burst into flames, said Abdul Razaq, the provincial police chief of Kandahar.

Police, soldiers, and ambulances rushed to the crash site in a desolate area.

Many of the victims were burned beyond recognition and it will be difficult to establish their identities, Razaq said.

Forty-five people were killed and 10 injured, said Javeed Faisal, the spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province.

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