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Afghans among 3 killed in container fire

Afghans among 3 killed in container fire

Jan 14, 2018 - 16:36

KABUL (Pajhwok): Two Afghans and a Pakistani refugees have been killed in Turkey as a result of fire that erupted in a container they had been living in, a media report said on Sunday.

The fire was reportedly ignited from an electric heater. The killed refugees had been living in a container in Istanbul’s Beylikdüzü district and earning their living by gathering paper in the streets, a Turkish media report said.

There were refugees of Pakistani and Afghan origin among a total of 22 refugees who live in containers locat6ed side by side. In one container, seven refugees had been living in the same container. One of the refugees, Mohammed Islam, 25, had insisted on keeping the electric heater on throughout the night.

Towards morning, the electric heater emblazed a blanket. Three of the refugees who did not manage to escape the container were killed in the fire. Asad Khan, 19, who was of Pakistani origin, Islam and 20-year-old Tosif Khan were killed in the fire.