LAHORE – Five passengers received severe burns when a bus carrying Shia pilgrims caught fire as it was returning from Iran, levies sources said on Thursday.

“The bus, carrying passengers from Punjab who had travelled to Iraq and Iran to perform pilgrimage, caught fire near the Iranian border and was completely destroyed,” they added.

Rescue teams arrived on the site of the incident and transported those who had received burns to District Headquarters hospital in Turbat.

The remaining passengers, including women and children, remained safe.