LAHORE: Sixteen children and a teacher were killed when their school bus caught fire in central Pakistan on Saturday, police said.
Seven other children were injured in the blaze which destroyed the vehicle.
The van was carrying 24 children to a private school in Gujrat when it caught fire, local police chief Dar Ali Khattak told Agence France-Presse.
“The fire erupted in the vehicle when the children were only a few kilometers from their school,” he said.
The blaze was apparently caused by a spark when the driver of the dual-fuel van switched from gas to petrol, he said, adding that the fuel gas cylinder was intact.
The children were aged between five and 15 years old, he said, adding that a female teacher also died.