21:18 GMT14 May 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least 40 people have died and several others have been injured after an explosion hit a bus in the southwestern Zimbabwean province of Matabeleland South on Friday morning, setting the vehicle on fire, The New Zimbabwe reported, citing a correspondent at the scene.

    The New Zimbabwe news portal reported that the incident took place on a route between the towns of Beitbridge and Gwanda.

    ​According to the correspondent, the explosion could have been caused by gasoline or gas carried by one of the passengers, the outlet added.

    ​The deadly incident has been confirmed by the police.

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    The accident came just over a week after a two-bus collision in the northeast of the country that claimed the lives of nearly 50 people.


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