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  • Updated: June 17, 2024

Bus fire claims eight lives, injures dozens of churchgoers in Zimbabwe

Bus fire claims eight lives, injures dozens of churchgoers i

Eight people tragically lost their lives and dozens more were injured when a bus carrying Anglican churchgoers caught fire on its way back from an annual gathering, Zimbabwean police reported on Monday.

The devastating blaze occurred while the bus was transporting Anglican pilgrims, resulting in eight individuals being "burnt beyond recognition," according to police spokesman Paul Nyathi.

Nyathi further disclosed that more than 50 people sustained injuries, with 14 currently hospitalised.

"We were unable to identify who exactly died and DNA should be carried out first. Two people are also missing," he said.

"The cause of the fire remains undetermined. We are still conducting investigations to ascertain the cause of the accident and more details will then be released," Nyathi added.

The incident has left the community in mourning as authorities work to uncover the circumstances behind this tragic event.

The churchgoers were driving back to Manicaland province after attending the Bernard Mizeki Annual Festival in Marondera, a small town near Harare.

The meeting is attended by more than 20,000 congregants from all parts of the world.

Reverend Edwin Selemani of the Anglican Church said in a statement that he wished “healing to the injured and comfort to the bereaved”.

“May God grant rest to the souls of the departed,” he said.

AFP

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