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Indian train catches fire before dawn, killing 9

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MUMBAI, India (AP) — Fire and smoke engulfed three cars of an Indian passenger train early Wednesday, killing nine people as they slept in the latest tragedy to hit the country’s vast railway network, officials said.

Authorities were trying to determine what caused the fire to break out before dawn, just hours after the train left Mumbai on a 48-hour journey to the Himalayan foothill town of Dehradun, Western Railways spokesman Sunil Singh said.

TV channels broadcast images of flames leaping out of the windows and lapping at the metal sides of the cars. Five of the victims suffocated because of smoke, while four were burned to death, Railway Minister Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy said.

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