The victims had been returning from seeing off a relative at the airport
At least 18 people—including three children—suffered burns when the air-conditioner compressor of a microbus exploded on the Chattogram-Cox's Bazar Highway in Patiya upazila on Tuesday night.
Sixteen have been identified and are: Rubel, 22; Mohammad Mamun, 19; Abdul Alam, 20; Idris, 50; Saidur Rahman, 16; Belal Hossain, 22; Shohagh, 13; Helal, 22; Mohammad Arif, 13; Zahir, 17; Touhidul Islam, 28; Abul Kalam, 45; Arif Hossain, 3; Delwar Hossain, 20; Jahangir Alam, 35; and Sadek, 15, reports UNB.
The accident took place around 10:45pm in front of the Patiya Fire Service Station.
The victims were returning to Cox's Bazar from Chittagong's Shah Amanat International Airport after seeing off a relative.
Patia Police Station Officer-in-Charge Borhan Uddin said the air-conditioner compressor of the microbus exploded, emitting a loud bang, and then caught fire.
Sixteen of the injured were taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital. The other two were given first aid.