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30 die in Colombia bus accident

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Colombian policemen stand alongside recovered bodies of children who died in a burned bus in Fundacion, northern Colombia on Sunday. As many as 30 people, most believed to be children, were killed and others injured in northern Colombia when fire broke out on a bus taking them to a church event, local media reported. Photo: Reuters
Colombian policemen stand alongside recovered bodies of children who died in a burned bus in Fundacion, northern Colombia on Sunday. As many as 30 people, most believed to be children, were killed and others injured in northern Colombia when fire broke out on a bus taking them to a church event, local media reported. Photo: Reuters

A bus in northern Colombia has caught fire, killing at least 30 people, most of them believed to be children under 14.

They were returning from an event at an evangelical Christian church near the city of Fundacion.

It is not known why the fire started, but local media said the bus may have been used for smuggling petrol.

A local police spokesman, Colonel Adan Leon, said 18 people had been found alive at the scene of the accident.

But he warned that the number of deaths could rise.

Colombian media reported that some local residents complained that the firefighters had not responded quickly enough to the tragedy.

Pictures on local media websites showed the charred, smoking frame of the burned bus.

President Juan Manuel Santos said he would visit the city soon.

Fundacion is about 750 kilometres (465 miles) north of Bogota, close to the Caribbean coast.

Published: 12:33 pm Monday, May 19, 2014

Last modified: 10:31 pm Monday, May 19, 2014

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