Nine Chinese engineers were among 13 people killed on Wednesday when a bus carrying construction workers in northwest Pakistan’s mountainous region was “attacked”, according to officials and eyewitnesses.
The incident took place in Dasu area of Upper Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where Chinese engineers and construction workers are helping Pakistan build a dam which is part of the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), officials said. At least 13 people, including nine Chinese nationals and two Frontier Corps soldiers, died when the bus carrying Chinese engineers and workers to the site of the under construction Dassu Dam exploded, Deputy Commissioner Upper Kohistan Muhammad Arif said in his initial statement. The bus fell into a deep Ravine after the explosion, the official said. In Beijing, China condemned the “bomb attack” on the bus near the Dasu hydropower plant and called on the Pakistan Government to give “severe punishment” to the perprators.