A pair of four-year-old twins are among 12 children killed in the blaze that engulfed a bus after it crashed on a motorway in Bulgaria.
The bus was travelling along the Struma motorway, in South-West Bulgaria, on its way from Istanbul to North Macedonia’s capital of Skopje when it crashed on Tuesday, November 23.
The ensuing fire resulted in the death of 46 passengers.
Among the victims were the four-year-old twins, Luan Ahmeti and Alban Ahmeti and their mum and dad, Avni Ahmeti and Jihan Ahmeti, all from Albania.
The twins’ mum and dad, Avni Ahmeti and Jihan Ahmeti (L) and four-year-old twins, Luan Ahmeti and Alban Ahmeti.
Gazmend Ukali, 27, and his fiancee Albina Belluli, 23, also died in the fire. They were returning from Istanbul after celebrating Gazmend’s birthday in the historic city.
The head of the fire safety department at the interior ministry, Nikolai Nikolov, told private BTV television: “At least 45 people were killed after a bus caught fire and crashed, or crashed and then caught fire.”