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8 Indians, 2 Omanis among 17 killed in deadly Mwasalat accident

At least eight Indians and two Omani nationals have lost their lives in the deadly accident that took place on Thursday when a Mwasalat from Muscat bus crashed into a signboard in Dubai.

A statement by the Indian Consulate in Dubai read : "We are sorry to inform that as per local authorities and relatives it is so far confirmed that 8 Indians have passed away in Dubai bus accident. Consulate is in touch with relatives of some of the deceased & awaits further details for others to inform their families."

H. E Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, commander-in-chief of the Dubai Police force, has said that the accident had claimed 17 lives as of 1 AM, and described the accident as "tragic".

According to him, the bus had taken a turn into a no-go zone for buses, which led to the vehicle crashing into the 2.2 meter barrier.

According to a statement by Dubai P.D, the Omani driver of the bus is currently still in Rashid Hospital in Dubai and was severely injured in the crash.

The Indian Consulate in Dubai has said it will fully coordinate and spare no effort in terms of repatriation for those who have been killed in the crash.

A spokesman for the consulate told Times of Oman: "We are ready in terms of facilities for repatriation, and we have worked to reach out to the families of those who have lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.


"This is not just for Dubai residents, but abyone who contacts us for help regarding repatriation for their loved ones," he added.

According to the spokesman, some of the bodies have not yet been identified, and it is as of yet not clear how many of those killed were residents of Oman.

"We believe that this was a bus residents of Oman used to spend their holidays in Oman," the spokesman added.

"As for how many of those Indians killed were residents of Oman, we are working with the authorities to get the clearance for this information, and some of those killed have not yet been identified.

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