Three female passengers have reportedly lost their lives while 13 others got injured when a commercial bus caught fire in Nasarawa State.
The spokesman for the fire service, Saminu Abdullahi, confirmed the incident in a statement.
The commercial vehicle, a Toyota Hiace with registration number XE 222 TRN, caught fire around the Government Technical College in Nasarawa local council.
According to the statement, the incident occurred while the bus from Ajingi LGA to Kofar Wambai caught fire.
The statement said fire personnel and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) personnel put out the fire and rescued most of the victims, but three women were burnt beyond recognition.
The deceased included Surayya Umar and Zeenai Babaji. The name of the third individual was not provided.
The remaining 13 injured victims were taken to the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano.
The bus driver, Muhammed Gali, 35, and his bus conductor Hassan Danladi, 30, were not injured. They were handed over to the police.
The incident was attributed to a speed limit violation and a rear tyre blowout.