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At least five Pakistani workers burnt away in Riyadh building fire


Five Pakistanis were burnt after a fire erupted at a housing unit in Riyadh, Saudi newspaper Al Riyadh reported.


“Asian workers were killed and another injured in a fire that broke out in their residence in Riyadh on Friday morning,” the media report said quoting Civil Defence sources the newspaper reported.

It did not, however, mention the nationality of the workers.

According to local media reports, the workers belonged to Pakistan and a short circuit was considered to be the cause behind the ignition of fire.

Saudi Red Crescent’s Abdullah Al-Meraibed stated that the five person died of smoke inhalation, as reported in Arab News.


The wounded were taken to the National Guard Hospital in Riyadh.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed deep sorrow over the tragedy and released directives to the Pakistani embassy in Saudi Arabia to shift the bodies as soon as possible.

A great number of Pakistani workers have been working in almost every state of Emirates. Most of these workers have settled there away from their homes just to earn their living and to support their families back in Pakistan. The ever increasing unemployment in Pakistan is one of the major reasons, which compelled these people to leave the country in order to earn their bread and butter.

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