October 3, 2005

Bus blast kills 21 in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE (Reuters) - A powerful blast killed all 21
passengers on board when a bus running on liquefied gas
collided with another bus in western Tajikistan, police said on

The accident on Sunday occurred in a rural area 30 miles
south of the Central Asian state's capital of Dushanbe, police
said, adding only 15 bodies could be identified.

Blasts involving gas-powered vehicles are not uncommon in
the impoverished mountainous nation where many drivers use
liquefied gas instead of pricey petrol.

But Sunday's death toll was the largest one to date.

(Writing by Dmitry Solovyov)