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At least 42 passengers have been confirmed dead after a suspected gas tank exploded on a bus in Zimbabwe, the police have said on Friday.

Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba told AFP after the accident late on Thursday, with state media reporting a gas tank belonging to a passenger was believed to have exploded.

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She said: “At the moment we know that more than 42 people died. Our police officers are at the scene.”

The state-owned Herald newspaper said on its Twitter feed that “it is suspected a gas tank belonging to one of the passengers caused the inferno in the bus.

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation published photographs showing the destroyed vehicle on a highway from the South African border crossing to the second city Bulawayo.