PESHAWAR, Pakistan, July 14 (Reuters) – At least eight people, including at least six Chinese nationals and a Pakistani soldier, were killed on Wednesday in an explosion targeting a bus in a remote area of northern Pakistan, several people told Reuters. sources.
It was not immediately clear whether the explosion was the result of a roadside device or something planted inside the bus.
“The bus plunged into a deep ravine after the explosion and caused heavy casualties. A Chinese engineer and a soldier are missing. The rescue operation has been launched and the entire government apparatus has been mobilized to rescue the injured. by air ambulance, “said a senior government official. told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
He said six Chinese nationals, a paramilitary soldier and a local were killed. Several people were injured, he said.
A senior administrative official in the Hazara region told Reuters that the bus was carrying more than 30 Chinese engineers to the Dasu dam site in Upper Kohistan.
The Dasu hydropower project is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a $ 65 billion investment plan under Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative that aims to connect western China to the Gwadar seaport in southern Pakistan. Chinese engineers and Pakistani construction workers have been working on the Dasu hydropower project and several others for several years in the area where the explosion took place.
Reporting by Jibran Ahmad; Editing by Tom Hogue and Raju Gopalakrishnan
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