A bus carrying Chinese and Pakistani construction workers on slippery mountainous road in northwest Pakistan fell intto a ravine Wednesday, killing at least ten people, including six Chinese nationals, Government officials said.
At least 36 people were also injured in the accident in the Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, said Arif Javed, a deputy commissioner. It happened following an overnight rain.
It was immediately not clear whether the blast was the result of a roadside device or planted inside the bus.
Chinese engineers and construction workers are helping Pakistan build a dam in Kohistan. Javed said the Pakistani and Chinese construction workers were on their way to the project site when the accident happened.
Inspector General Moazzam Jah Ansari, the top police official of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the province in which the incident occured, confirmed the death of six Chinese nationals, two soldiers and two locals.
Such road accidents are common in Pakistan, where motorists largely disregard traffic rules and safety standards on damaged road, particularly in the mountains terrain in the north, said officials.
The Dasu hydroelectric project is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a 65 billion dollar investment plan under Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative that is aimed at connecting western China to the Gwadar sea port in Southern Pakistan.