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Death Toll Rises In Pakistani Train Crash

Pakistan's military said on July 3 the death toll from a suspicious train accident in the eastern Punjab Province has risen to 17.

The train, carrying more than 200 people -- including military personnel and their families -- fell into a canal after the partial collapse of a bridge on July 2.

The incident, which a government minister said might have involved sabotage, occurred near the town of Wazirabad.

The train was headed to the garrison town of Kharian.

The military said four carriages derailed as the train crossed Chanawan Bridge.

Pakistani army spokesman Asim Bajwa tweeted on July 3 that so far 17 bodies had been recovered and that the search for missing people was continuing.

The dead included the commander of a unit, his wife, and a daughter, the state-run TV said.

Bajwa said more than 80 people were saved by rescuers.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP