China bus fire kills 47, probed as criminal case

June 8, 2013 11:36

A fire on a bus in southeastern China has killed 47 people and is being investigated as a "serious criminal case", state media said on Saturday, just days after 120 people died in a fire at a poultry plant.

The bus caught fire during rush hour on Friday as it was operating on elevated tracks in the coastal city of Xiamen, the official Xinhua news agency reported, without elaborating on the cause. A total of 34 people were admitted to hospital.

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