Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Azerbaijani president offers condolences to Uzbek counterpart over tragedy in Kazakhstan

Azerbaijani president offers condolences to Uzbek counterpart over tragedy in Kazakhstan

The bus was headed from the Russian city of Samara on the Volga river to the town of Shymkent in southern Kazakhstan, the ministry said.

Georgia's Foreign Ministry also expressed its "deepest condolences" to the families of the victims of the bus fire in Kazakhstan.

"Five people who managed to escape are receiving medical assistance", the statement said. Regional emergency service officials initially blamed the fire on a short circuit and said the bus was overloaded, Interfax-Kazakstan news agency reported.

Of the survivors, two are citizens of Kazakhstan who were taking turns driving the bus, and three others are from Uzbekistan.

Authorities said that all of the victims were citizens of neighboring Uzbekistan, according to preliminary information.


It said all 31 men were from Uzbekistan's eastern province of Namangan.

In footage posted online the bus can be seen positioned diagonally across a highway on a snow covered steppe, engulfed in flames and black smoke.

Kazakhstan's government revealed late on January 18 that the bus was a 29-year-old German-built Setra that did not have a license to transport passengers.

That commission is headed by Uzbek Prime Minister Abdullah Aripov.

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