Uzbeks killed in Kazakhstan bus inferno

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Earlier President Serzh Sargsyan sent a condolence message to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of the Republic of Uzbekistan over the bus tragedy. Of the 57 people on board the bus, only five made it out alive.

"A bus caught fire".

All those who died were Uzbek nationals while the five survivors were Uzbeks and Kazakhs, the Kazakh ministry for investments and development said in a statement on Facebook.

That report said drivers were also storing gasoline containers inside the bus to refuel the vehicle during its 2,200-kilometer journey across Kazakhstan's sparsely inhabited steppes, where there are few fuel stations. Regional emergency service officials initially blamed the fire on a short circuit and said the bus was overloaded, Interfax-Kazakstan news agency reported.

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Many people from Uzbekistan travel to Russian Federation as migrant workers, and the road routes between the two countries cross Kazakhstan.

52 people were burnt alive when a bus burst into flames.

Uzbekistan's foreign ministry said embassy staff were on the way to the area.

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