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Bangladesh boat collision kills at least 22

Bangladesh boat collision kills at least 22
Locals look at the river after a boat capsized at the Laishka canal in Brahmanbaria district, Bangladesh, on Tuesday. Photo by STR/EPA-EFE

Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A passenger boat collided with two cargo ships in a Bangladesh canal, causing nearly two dozen people to die, local officials said.

The collisions took place Friday night in Laiska Canal in the Brahmanbaria district, India Today reported.

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Local police Superintendent Md Anisur Rahman told Anadolu Agency the passenger boat hit by two sand-laden bulkheads, which was traveling in the opposition direction. The passenger boat, which sank, was carrying more than 100 passengers, Brahmanbaria Deputy Commissioner Hayat Ud Dowlah Khan said.

"Total 22 bodies were recovered as of Saturday morning from the tragedy site," Rahman said. "The search and rescue efforts are being made from the second day as we fear that some people are still missing."

Rahman said police arrested five people from the trawlers and an investigation into the cause of the crash was opened.

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