Bus Fire Kills 52 Uzbeks Traveling in Kazakhstan: Kazakh Government

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The bus burning in central Kazakhstan on Thursday.

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Kazakhstan’s Emergency Situations Ministry, via Associated Press

ALMATY — A bus fire in northwestern Kazakhstan killed 52 Uzbek citizens on a route used by migrant workers heading to Russia, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

The bus was traveling along a road in the remote Aktobe region that links the Russian city of Samara to Shymkent, a city in southern Kazakhstan close to the Uzbek border.

The bus was traveling from southern Kazakhstan to Russia’s Kazan, Kazakh officials said. The route is widely used to transport Uzbek workers to and from Russia where they often take work on building sites.

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