Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A bus carrying Chinese and Pakistani construction workers on a slippery mountainous road in northwest Pakistan fell into a ravine, killing at least 13 people, including nine Chinese nationals, Wednesday, July 14.
At least 36 people were injured in what appears to be an accident in the Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said Arif Javed, a deputy district commissioner.
The incident happened on a wet road following an overnight rain, but Pakistani officials were still investigating. The Chinese Embassy said in a statement the bus was attacked.
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.
The Chinese Embassy in a statement called the incident an attack.
Road accidents are common in Pakistan, where motorists largely disregard traffic rules and safety standards on damaged roads, particularly in the mountainous terrain in the north. – AP