BISHKEK. Officials in Kyrgyzstan said today that a fire on a bus killed all 19 people aboard and the cause of the fire is still being investigated.
The bus was traveling from Bishkek to Kashgar. All those on the bus were citizens of China, mainly ethnic Uyghur merchants.
An official at the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek confirmed the bus belonged to a Chinese company but declined further comment.
The bus burned late last night. The passengers had stopped at the town of Kochkor for dinner. The bus was discovered burning a few meters off the highway early this morning, not far from Kochkor, with all the passengers burned to death inside.
Local hospitals said they had not received any patients from the bus for treatment.
Compiled and translated by Tyntchtykbek Tchoroev and edited by Bruce Pannier in Prague