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A bus accident in southern Mali has left at least 31 people dead, the government says

People make their way through the streets of Bamako, Mali, Africa on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press) People make their way through the streets of Bamako, Mali, Africa on Saturday, June 23, 2018. (Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press)
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BAMAKO, Mali -

At least 31 people were killed and 10 others injured when a driver lost control of a passenger bus in southern Mali on Tuesday, the country's government announced.

The bus carrying Malians and nationals from the West African subregion was en route to Burkina Faso when it “overturned,” said a statement posted on Mali's Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure's Facebook page.

“The provisional toll is 31 killed on the spot and 10 injured, some of them seriously," the statement said. The accident around 5 p.m. local time in Koumantou south of Bamako.

Accidents involving public transport buses are a frequent occurrence in Mali. On Feb. 19, at least 15 people died and more than 46 were injured in a traffic accident between a public transport bus and a lorry in central Mali. 

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