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Gvt Resorts To DNA Profiling As West Nicholson Bus Fire Victims Get Burnt Beyond Recognition

Government has resorted to  DNA testing to identify victims of the bus accident that occurred near West Nicholson on Thursday night after they were burnt beyond recognition.

The National University of Science and Technology (Nust), Applied Genetic Testing Centre (AGTC) which usually provides the DNA testing services said it is ready to assist.

Thirty-two people died in the bus after an explosion suspected to have been caused by a gas cylinder on a Zvishavane-Musina bound bus near West Nicholson.

Some of the victims were burnt beyond recognition.

AGTC director Mr Zephaniah Dhlamini said Government was yet to contact the university regarding the DNA services for the West Nicholson bus accident victims.

“We are always ready to assist when such disasters occur because we have everything needed to do the job.

In cases like this we work with the Government pathologist. What normally happens is that the pathologist identifies whether the deceased is a male or female and estimate the body’s age before we conduct the tests,” said Mr Dhlamini

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